Bio Blogs Archive


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 interpretation of the seminar and it's impact on biology and society.

Linking Genotype, Phenotype, and Fitness: Comparing Genetic, Behavioral, Ecological, and Morphological Data in Primatology

By: David Macar (Edited by Briana Ports); Seminar April 6, 2018 by Dr. Brenda Bradley, The George Washington University

CRISPR-SeroSeq: A Developing Technique for Salmonella Subtyping

By: Emine Kahveci (Edited by Will King); Seminar March 23, 2018 by Dr. Nikki Shariat, Gettysburg College

Investigation into Neuroactive Steroids Role in the Chronic Alcohol Drinker's Brain

By: Brooke Deal (Edited by Anton Evans); Seminar March 16, 2018 by Dr. Antoinette M. Maldonado-Devincci, North Carolina A&T State University

Observing Evolution in Real Time: Watching the World Change Before Your Eyes

By: Brianna Ports (Edited by Harley Bobnar); Seminar February 14, 2018 by Drs. Rosemary Grant and Peter Grant, Princeton University

Malaria, Mosquitoes, and Minorities in Science

By: Will King (Edited by Dave Macar); Seminar February 9, 2018 by Dr. Joel Vega-Rodriquez, John Hopkins University

Smelling Connections

By: Anton Evans (edited by Emine Kahveci); Seminar February 2, 2018 by Dr. Michael Baum, Boston University

Walking Your Way to Freedom: Exercise and Chronic Pain

By: Harley Bobnar (edited by Brooke Deal); Seminar January 26, 2018 by Dr. Kathleen Sluka, University of Iowa

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 2017 event.

Immunotherapy: Paving the way to Designer Medicine

Brianna Ports

Nonsense-Mediated mRNA decay and human disease: Genome guardian and executor

David A. Macar

One, Two, Three, "mTOR"

Will King

Regulation of Growth by the mTOR Pathway"

Emine F. Kahveci

Rapid Fire Science

Anton Evans

Big or Small, mTOR Signals Them All to Grow

Brooke Deal

There's Way More to mTOR!

Harley Bobnar