News and Events

Good luck to Dr. Pat Lackey, a B.S Biochemistry alumnus, when competing on Jeopardy!

Dr. Pat Lackey, a B.S. in Biochemistry alumnus who earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be a contestant on Jeopardy on Thursday, April 20! Dr. Lackey, now a faculty member at Westminster College, is a still part of the department as a collaborator on the NSF-REU grant with Drs. Jeffery Evanseck and Rita Mihailescu, and mentors undergraduate research projects in the summer internship program. He is one of our many successful undergraduate alumni, and it's no surprise to us!

Congrats to our professors and students who help fight the COVID battle each and every day!

Congrats to Dr. Joshua Imperatore, a recent Duquesne Ph.D. alumnus, and Ph.D. candidates Caylee Cunningham and Kendy Pellegrene for their recent peer-reviewed research pubilcation that greatly improves our understanding of the COVID-19 virus! Great collaborative work from the Evanseck and Mihailescu research groups!

The American Chemical Society Student Affiliates club wins two prestigious awards!

Our Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society were recognized as an Outstanding Chapter by the national ACS organization, the highest rating a student organization can receive. In addition, the club was recognized with the Green Chemistry Award based on outreach and education regarding green chemistry and the environment. In total, the club won all of the possible top awards from the national organization!

Great job for the Mihailescu lab group on being awarded a grant from the NIH!

Congrats to Dr. Rita Mihailescu for her latest grant in collaboration with the School of Nursing, awarded $794,448 from the NIH for the project titled "Genomic competencies for nurses from theory to application: an online long course."

Check out the latest publication from the Montgomery research group!

Two Duquesne graduate students were authors on the latest research article from the lab of Dr. Thomas Montgomery in collaboration with Dr. Jeffrey Evanseck, with Ph.D. students Martin Neal as first-author and Sarah Hejnosz as second-author. Congratulations on your hard work paying off with this great success!

Congratulations to Dr. Josh Imperatore, whose Ph.D. Dissertation was selected as a Distinguished Dissertation Award!

Dr. Josh Imperatore was recognized via the Distinguished Dissertation Award by the Graduate Council and the Office of Research for an exceptional and unusually interesting scholarly work produced by a doctoral student. His Ph.D. research and dissertation RNA Structure and Function: Biological Relevance in Neurodegenerative and Infectious Disease Pathogenesis was mentored by Dr. Rita Mihailescu.

Congratulations to our Award Winning Undergraduate and Graduate Students!

The academic and research successes for the 2020-2021 year culminated in many awards for our undergraduate and graduate students, and we are very proud of their accomplishments! From our group of undergraduates that participated in research projects, we had students from freshmen to seniors that won awards at the 13th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium when they presented their research findings. Additionally, awards and recognitions were presented from the department to freshmen through senior students. Our graduate students also presented their research and won various awards at the 2021 Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry Research Symposium.

Welcome Dr. Lummis!

The department is excited to welcome Paul Lummis from the Crudden Lab at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Lummis joined the department as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Spring 2021.