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Squirrel Hill Resident Named Teacher of the Year at Duquesne

Dr. Lauren O'Donnell, assistant professor of pharmacology, was among three faculty members honored at the 22nd annual Teacher of the Year ceremony on April 14 at Duquesne University.

Sponsored by the chapter of the Omicron Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, the awards provide Duquesne students with the opportunity to nominate and recognize a faculty member who exemplifies leadership and excellence in the classroom at the University. More than 100 teachers were nominated for the 2013-2014 academic year.

A faculty member in Duquesne's Mylan School of Pharmacy since 2010, O'Donnell teaches courses on human physiology and pathology, GI/rheumatology and infectious disease, among others. Her research focuses on interactions between neurotropic viruses, infected neurons and infiltrating immune cells in the brain.

O'Donnell has published her work in the Journal of Immunology, the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, the Journal of Neuroscience Research and Virology. She was the recipient of a University of Delaware Science and Engineering Research Fellowship and a Fox Chase Cancer Center Greenwald Fellowship.

In addition to her current honor, O'Donnell was voted Teacher of the Year three times by students in the School of Pharmacy's weekend program. She also has received a Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award and a Phi Kappa Phi Spirit of Learning Award.

O'Donnell earned a bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

She resides in Squirrel Hill.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.