Research at Duquesne

Contemporary Research Facilities

The department benefits from contemporary facilities in the award-winning Mellon Hall of Science.

Recent grants from the R.K. Mellon, Kresge, and Sony Chemical Foundations, as well as the National Science Foundation, ensure that students in Biology at Duquesne have access to modern, well-equipped research and teaching facilities.

Our expanding equipment inventory includes such recent acquisitions as:

  • a confocal imaging suite
  • a sequencing and genomic analyzer suite
  • real-time PCR machines
  • tissue culture and bacterial culture facilities
  • a university maintained computer facility

We have a full-time instrument repair facility, and a modern USDA-approved animal care facility is housed in the adjacent Bayer Learning Center.

Experienced Research Faculty

The Department of Biological Sciences is composed of 15 research faculty and 4 education faculty, a blend of new and more experienced researchers who employ contemporary methodology to answer fundamental biological questions.

Faculty research is federally funded by:

  • The National Science Foundation
  • The National Institutes of Health
  • The Department of Agriculture
  • The Department of Energy
  • The Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Gates Foundation
  • The Winters Foundation
  • Numerous private foundations

The department has faculty expertise in:

  • Bacterial molecular biology
  • Bacterial virulence factors
  • Chromosome folding
  • Ecology and genetics of endangered fish populations
  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Eukaryotic signaling molecules
  • Insect-bacteria-host interactions
  • Conservation genetics of big cats
  • Metal reducing bacteria
  • Pain biology
  • Phospholid metabolism in yeast
  • Primate molecular evolution
  • Prokaryotic cytokinesis
  • Sex steroid hormone receptor regulation
  • Molecular biology of virus-host interactions
  • Wetlands restoration
  • Sensory molecule physiology

More information on specific areas of study may be found on our faculty site.