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The Department of Biological Sciences hosts a weekly speaker in both the fall and spring semesters. Our speakers come from across the country and their work encompasses a wide variety of biology disciplines.


(Virtual) Darwin Day

DARWIN DAY 2021: Trees and Disease: Evolutionary insights into viral pandemics
Dr. Michael Worobey, University of Arizona
Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 7 p.m.
Live-streamed talk. See link above for recording.

Discovered by Charles Darwin, evolution by natural selection is the central organizing principle of all the biological sciences, from biophysics to ecology. We celebrate Darwin's birth and the importance of his work with yearly seminars and events. Darwin Day seminars and events are free and open to public.

Pittsburgh Bacterial Meeting (PBM 2022)

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
Mellon Hall, Duquesne University

Morning Platform Talks: Maurice Falk Hall - Mellon Hall, 1st Floor
Lunch: Mellon Hall Foyer
Afternoon Poster Session: Mellon Hall Foyer

Every year, the Department of Biological Sciences hosts a one-day meeting to bring together the bacteriology community in the Pittsburgh and tri-state area. While Principal Investigators attend the conference, the focus is on student presentations. Post docs and graduate students present their research in short talks and posters. 

PBM 2022 will be organized and hosted by Dr. Joseph McCormick and Dr. Wook Kim. Funding is generously provided by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and Fisher Scientific. Send inquiries to

Biological Sciences Annual Retreat

Biological Sciences 2019 retreat

The 2019 Department retreat was held August 23-24, 2019 at Pymatuning Research Station in Linesville, PA. All faculty, graduate students, staff, and trainees (research scientists, post-docs, etc.) were invited to attend. The 2021 retreat was held on campus due to COVID restrictions. In 2022 we hope to be back at Pymatuning!