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Student blogs

Seminar blogs

Each week, the Duquesne Department of Biological Sciences host seminar speakers including many external speakers. Our Ph.D. students write blogs about these speakers to report on their interpreation of the seminar and it's impact on biology and society.

From Flicker to Fire: novel research program leads to increase retention in STEM and exciting discoveries in prophage-mediated defense strategies

By: Michelle Valkanas (edited by Charlotte Hacker); Seminar Mar 31, 2017 by Dr. Graham Hatfull, University of Pittsburgh

Mysteries, Models, and Migraines

By: Thomas Kelly (edited by Heather Allen); Seminar Mar 24, 2017 by Dr. Gregory Dussor, University of Texas at Dallas

TAG!! You're it!! Increasing the production of triacylglycerol in oleaginous yeast and sparking a revolution in biofuels???

By: Alexiy Nikiforov (edited by Collin Kessler); Seminar Mar 17, 2017 by Dr. Stylianos Fakas, Alabama A&M University

Tackling Duquesne's Darwin Day and the origin of life

By: Charlotte Hacker (edited by Natalie Hager); Seminar Feb 21, 2017 by Dr. Nick Lane, University College London

Location matters: The preservation of important bacterial genes in rapidly mutating chromosomes.

By: Heather Allen (edited by Brandon Hoening); Seminar Feb 17, 2017 by Dr. Vaughn Cooper, University of Pittsburgh

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice...a unicorn's tail of craniofacial development.

By: Collin Kessler (edited by Michelle Valkanas); Seminar Feb 10, 2017 by Dr. Heather Szabo-Rogers, University of Pittsburgh

Stepping into the Lymelight of scientific outreach.

By: Brandon Hoenig (edited by Thomas Kelly); Seminar Jan 27, 2017 by Dr. Sarah States, Phipps Conservatory

Membranes: They're a lot more complicated than you think.

By: Natalie Hager (edited by Alexiy Nikiforov); Seminar Jan 20, 2017 by Dr. Chris Burd, Yale University

Game changing science in Pittsburgh - Oct 2017


Pittsburgh is a great hub for science. It is home to numerous institutions that present a world-class platform for interactive research and education, and an international portal for scientists to share their ground-breaking work. One such example is the annual Science event held at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Department of Biological Sciences at Duquesne University attracts PhD candidates of diverse scientific backgrounds. Our new graduate class this year comprises students with research experience that range from animal behavior and ecology to microbiomes and clinical research. Here, our new students report on their experiences attending the Game Changers talks at the recent Science 2016 event.

From miracle cures to super babies: the face behind the genome editing mania

By: Alexiy Nikiforov & Michelle Valkanas

The Beauty of Brains: an Approach to Neuromodulation

By Heather Allen & Collin Kessler

From Science Policy to Science Policy

By: Charlotte Hacker & Thomas Kelly

Garbage to Glory: The rise of lncRNA

By: Natalie Hager & Brandon Hoenig