Take Part in Advanced Research, Scientific Breakthroughs & Discoveries That Benefit Society

Kezia, Tyler and Lindsay share their experience conducting hands-on research with the latest instrumentation and super computers alongside their supportive faculty, participating in pre-med/health coursework and living on the Bluff—steps away from everything Pittsburgh has to offer. 

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides a personal, attentive environment where students can develop and pursue a flexible program of study designed to fulfill individual interests and needs. We are a community of faculty, staff, students and alumni dedicated to excellence in chemical education. Through cutting-edge education, research and community impact- you will attain a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills necessary for careers in industry, forensics, academia, as well as graduate education in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry. 

Faculty and Staff

Mihaela Rita Mihailescu, Ph.D.

Mihaela Rita Mihailescu, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Jennifer Aitken, Ph.D.

Jennifer Aitken, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bruce Beaver, Ph.D.

Bruce Beaver, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Scott Boesch

Scott Boesch

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Michael Cascio, Ph.D.

Michael Cascio, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Jeffery Evanseck, Ph.D.

Jeffery Evanseck, Ph.D.

Professor, Lambert F. Minucci Endowed Chair in Engineering and Computational Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Timothy Evans, Ph.D.

Timothy Evans, Ph.D.

Co-Coordinator of the Organic Chemistry Laboratories, Co-Advisor of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ellen Gawalt, Ph.D.

Ellen Gawalt, Ph.D.

Dean, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences Hillman Distinguished Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Skip Kingston, Ph.D.

Skip Kingston, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Paul Lummis, Ph.D.

Paul Lummis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Thomas Montgomery, Ph.D.

Thomas Montgomery, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Alicia Paterno Parsi, Ph.D.

Alicia Paterno Parsi, Ph.D.

Teaching Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

David Seybert, Ph.D.

David Seybert, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Emily Sylvester, Ph.D.

Emily Sylvester, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Stephanie J. Wetzel, Ph.D.

Stephanie J. Wetzel, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Nithya Vaidyanathan, Ph.D.

Nithya Vaidyanathan, Ph.D.

Stockroom Manager, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Tina Vowcheck

Tina Vowcheck

Financial Coordinator, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Jingyun Ye, Ph.D.

Jingyun Ye, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Michael Van Stipdonk, Ph.D.

Michael Van Stipdonk, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Explore our degrees and programs

 

Hear from a student

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I didn't anticipate how close the Chemistry and Biochemistry cohorts would be. The small class sizes made me feel comfortable asking questions about material I didn't full understand in upper-level courses. I was impressed by my professor's willingness to help and the undergraduate research opportunities available. I have the freedom to work on my own research projects and the guidance to work through problems when needed.

Lydia Grimaldi B.S. in Biochemistry, Minors in Math and Public Health

Navigate your own path to discovery

Students working in chemistry lab

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Apply for undergraduate research positions in chemistry and biochemistry.

Undergraduate students doing research in the lab

Top-ranked Ph.D. program

Our Ph.D. program is nationally ranked, #6 in "Student Support and Outcomes" and #35 in "Program Diversity."

Prehealth professions track

Pre-Health Professions Track

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry-Health Professions Track prepares students for careers in the health sciences.

ACS student member organization

ACS Student Organization

The ACS Student Organization organizes outreach projects on-and-off campus and acts as an active support network for its members. All members receive a free National ACS Membership.

dual degree

4+1 B.S./M.S. in Chemistry

The accelerated 4+1 program allows students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree in five years.

research facilities

Research Facilities

Our state-of-the-art research facilities house a variety of modern chemical instrumentation that is available for use by all trained graduate and undergraduate students.

Duquesne - Pittsburgh Connection

Students regularly publish their results in scientific journals and present at regional and national meetings, where many have gone on to receive awards and recognition for their work.

As part of the Undergraduate Research Program, students participate in ten weeks of research, community engagement, and a research symposium.

90%knowledge retention rate through experiential learning.

Undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry students actively engage in community service activities.

Our chemistry and biochemistry network of alumni and industry partners are working in various sectors are ready to help you meet other scientists and seek out career opportunities.

$70kMedian average salary for entry level Chemist in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

90%of our undergraduates who apply to medical or graduate school are accepted.

 

Undergraduate Research Program Information

BSNES Undergraduate Research Experience

  • The summer undergraduate research program is a selective program based on application.  
    The students will be selected based on academic and previous lab experience and potential.
  • Undergraduate research positions are available in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science,  forensic science and law, and physics. 
  • Students are required to fill out the application below, provide one letter of recommendation from a Duquesne faculty and their Duquesne transcript. 
  • We will begin reviewing applications on February 26th, 2023.
  • This program is only open to Duquesne students. 

Apply Here .

Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) and/or Neurodegenerative (NURE) Undergraduate Research Experience

  • Duquesne University welcome undergraduate biology, pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry, psychology, and health science majors interested in pain and/or neuroscience research to apply to the Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) and/or Neurodegenerative Undergraduate Research Experience (NURE) summer programs.
  • We will begin reviewing applications on February 26th, 2023.
  • Contact Dr. Michael Cascio for more information.
  • These programs are currently funded through a National Institutes of Health NINDS R25 Summer Research Experience Grant and have been funded previously by the generous support of the Duquesne University Charles Henry Leach II Fund and the Duquesne Office of the Provost.

Apply Here

Integrated Computational and Experimental Chemistry NSF-REU Program.

  • Undergraduate biochemistry and chemistry majors are invited to apply to the Integrated Computational and Experimental Chemistry NSF-REU Program.
  • We will begin reviewing applications on February 26th, 2023.
  • This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense's Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Education (ASSURE) program in collaboration with the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program.

Questions? Contact Us!

Rita Mihailescu, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Mihaela Rita Mihailescu