Recent Graduates

Duquesne University has an excellent reputation for providing research opportunities for undergraduate students. As early as freshman year, students are encouraged to join a laboratory and engage in research conducted by professors in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. These experiences not only enrich their education but also guide their futures as they progress into careers after graduating from Duquesne. Our graduates have gone on to complete M.D. and Ph.D. programs at prestigious institutions including Princeton, Harvard, Boston College, Yale, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Northwestern University, Penn State University, and Temple School of Medicine. In addition to graduate studies, our students also go on to pursue successful careers at various companies such as PPG, Valspar, Mylan, and Covestro. 

As part of their degree, undergraduates in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry prepare a capstone project to summarize the research they have conducted during their time at Duquesne. Students conducting research have opportunities to publish papers and travel to various conferences, including the National American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting, spring of their junior year. The theses of our 2017 graduates are listed below. Many of our students receive funding toward tuition, travel, and research supplies through the Crable Endowment. These fellowships are awarded based on academic accomplishment. Crable scholars are indicated below with an asterisk*. 

2018 Graduates

    • Laura Andreola, Dr. Jeffrey Evanseck
      • Quantum and Molecular Mechanical (QM/MM) Investigation of Malonate Decarboxylation
    • Erin Castele*, Dr. Jeffrey Evanseck
      • Stereochemical Model for Carbohydrate Synthesis Proceeding Through Oxocarbenium Ions
    • Emily Cooper, Dr. Michael Cascio
      • Utilizing a Molecular Crosslinker to Map Nearby Residues of Positions 406 and 489 of the Rat Serotonin Transporter in the Native Apo State
    • Autumn Schultz, Dr. Ellen Gawalt
      • Direct Delivery of Antimicrobial Nitric oxide to the Orthopedic Implant Site
    • Sadiq Shaik, Dr. David Seybert
      • Macromolecular Crowding Effects on Homotetrameric Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH)

2017 Graduates

    • Ayan Ahmed, Dr. Jeffrey Evanseck
      • Non-Traditional Formyl- and Alpha-Hydrogen Bonding in Green Catalysis
    • Kathryn Bandi, Dr. Mihaela Mihailescu
      • Characterization of MECP2 3'-UTR Secondary Structures That Could Potential Affect Genetic Regulation: Implications for ALS and FTD
    • Danielle Bautista, Dr. David Seybert
      • Effects of Macromolecular Crowding on Ferredoxin-Type Enzyme Kinetics
    • Andrew DeMarco, Dr. Michael Cascio
      • Characterization of the Lipid-Protein Interface in the Human Serotonin Transporter with Tandem Mass Spectrometry
    • Brea Hogan, Dr. Jennifer Aitken
      • Synthesis and Physicochemical Characterization of Ternary Diamond-Like Tellurides: Cu2GeTe3 and Cu5Ge2Te7
    • Stephen Koehler, Dr. Michael Van Stipdonk
      • Creation and Intrinsic Reactions of Gas-Phase Group II Cation Carbanion Complexes
    • Sarah Sheffield, Dr. H.M. "Skip" Kingston
      • Dissociation Pathways of Gas-phase Complexes Composed of Alkaline Earth Metal Cations Coordinated by Alcohol Ligands
    • Sarah Sweger*, Dr. Jeffry Madura
      • Effects of Viscosity and Macromolecular Crowding on the Diffusion-Controlled Rate Constant of Ferredoxin with Ferredoxin NADP+ Reductase
    • Megan Wasson*, Dr. Tomislav Pintauer
      • Addition of Amines in Copper Catalyzed Target and Photo-Atra
    • Ashley Weiland, Dr. Jennifer Aitken
      • Investigation of Lithium Sulfides with Potential Non-linear Optical and Lithium-Ion Battery Applications