Weekly Seminar Series

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.


Darwin Day

DARWIN DAY 2020: Unnatural Selection: How humans affect insect evolution without even realizing it
Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom
Duquesne Power Center

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 publid.

Pittsburgh Bacterial Meeting (PBM 2020)

Saturday, March 7, 2020
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 2020 will be organized and hosted by Dr. Joseph McCormick and Dr. Wook Kim. Funding was generously provided by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and Fisher Scientific. Send inquiries to

Biological Sciences Annual 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 scientistis, post-docs, etc.) were invited to attend. The 2020 retreat is scheduled for August 21-22, 2020 at Pymatuning. For questions about the retreat please e-mail Dr. Ben Kolber (