Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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The Richard King Mellon building (1968) at Duquesne University was designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, considered one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture.[1]

The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (BSNES) is a fully accredited degree-granting institution and the primary college of undergraduate and graduate scientific research at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was formed in 1994 with the separation of the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Biochemistry departments from the former College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and subsequently named in honor of the Bayer Corporation. The school currently houses the departments of Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science & Management, Forensic Science & Law, and Physics. The school also collaborates closely with the Mylan School of Pharmacy.[2] In 2010, the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was designated as a Mass Spectrometry Center of Excellence by Agilent Technologies, allowing for collaborative research into metabolics, proteomics, disease biomarkers, and environmental analysis.[3] In 2011, Duquesne University became one of 98 universities nationwide, and one of nine Catholic universities, to be designated as a high research activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation.[4]

Areas of study

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs offered

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics, with available concentrations in Astronomy, Condensed Matter, Education, or broad track

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs offered

  • Biochemistry
  • Physics

Master of Science (M.S.) programs offered

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • Environmental Science & Management, with available concentration in Conservation Biology
  • Forensic Science & Law

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs offered

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry

Research facilities

Analytical and spectroscopic research

An HPLC system (right) coupled with ICP-MS (left) (using a TISIS interface) for the chromatographic separation and ICP spectrophotometric analysis of analytes.

Collaborative arrangements with other basic and applied science departments have led to the joint operation of such facilities as the Sony Microscopy Laboratory featuring state-of-the-art transmission and scanning electron microscopes and associated computer imaging facilities, the X-Ray Crystallography Facility, featuring a Rigaku AFC7R diffractometer, two powder diffractometers and associated computing equipment.[5] Designated as a Mass Spectrometry Center of Excellence to Study Diseases and Environmental Issues by Agilent Technologies, the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has a research facility equipped with state-of-the-art chromatography and spectroscopy instrumentation. Some instruments housed in the facility include:[6]

The center was founded by Dr. Mitch Johnson (1962–2010) and Dr. H.M. "Skip" Kingston of the department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

Biological research

The Biological Sciences department operates the Center for Metals in Biological Systems, which was designed to "provide a center of expertise in metals in natural and synthetic materials focused on structure-function relationships and the development of new applications."[7] The center is operated by Dr. Partha Basu of the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Computational sciences

The Institute for Computational Sciences is an interdisciplinary organization of faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students from the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences. The institute was founded with the purpose of "consolidating expertise at Duquesne University that fosters interdisciplinary research in computational sciences, provides novel educational experiences for students, and creates joint funding opportunities."[8]

Microwave assisted chemistry

The Center for Microwave and Analytical Chemistry (C/MAC) is a chemical research center founded by Dr. H.M "Skip" Kingston and the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. The Center is dedicated to collaborative research, technology transfer and professional education in microwave, environmental, and analytical chemistry, sample preparation and analysis. The Center "solves real problems and meets analysis needs through fundamental, practical, and innovative research and transfers these technologies and methodologies to national and international laboratories and industry."[9]


The Center for Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary organization of researchers from the Mylan School of Pharmacy, the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, and the Rangos School of Health Sciences. Its mission is to enhance the innovative development and application of biotechnology through an interdisciplinary, coordinated research effort across the University, thereby contributing to society and the improvement of the quality of life.[10] Priorities for the Center include: increasing connectivity both within and outside of Duquesne University, providing collaborative research programs and grant proposals, providing seminars and educational programs supporting translational science, and the improvement of core infrastructure. Specific areas of interest include devices and diagnostics, drug discovery, drug delivery, gene therapy, bioremediation, bioinformatics, microbial engineering, analytical methods, pharmaceutics, compliance, and rehabilitation. The center states that their "...modern research laboratories under the direction of our nationally recognized faculty are equipped with state-of-the art instrumentation and comprise more than 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of combined laboratory space."[11]


Office of the Dean

Dr. Philip Reeder, Dean

Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Joseph R. McCormick, Chair

Center for Biotechnology

Dr. Alan W. Seadler, Director

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Ralph A. Wheeler, Chair

Center for Environmental Research and Education

Dr. John F. Stolz, Director

Department of Forensic Science and Law

Dr. Frederick W. Fochtman, Director

Department of Physics

Dr. Simonetta Frittelli, Chair


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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 

External links

  • The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences website
  • The Mylan School of Pharmacy Website
  • The Agilent Technologies Website
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