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Newsmaker: Jeffry D. Madura

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Jeffry D. Madura, a professor in the chemistry and biochemistry department in Duquesne University’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, is the inaugural Lambert F. Minucci Endowed Chair in Engineering and Computational Sciences.

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Noteworthy: Madura is Duquesne University's inaugural Lambert F. Minucci Endowed Chair in Engineering and Computational Sciences. He will serve a five-year appointment.

Age: 56

Residence: Pleasant Hills

Family: Wife, Colleen Jones; sons, Brandon Madura, 23, and Peyton Madura, 17.

Occupation: Professor in the chemistry and biochemistry department in Duquesne University's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.

Background: Madura, former chairman of the chemistry and biochemistry department and a member of Duquesne's Research Hall of Fame, has received more than $10 million in external research funding during his time at Duquesne. He delves into computational chemistry and biophysics models, designing molecules that will physically and chemically fit where they are needed to interrupt signals for pain and other conditions associated with addiction and Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. His hobbies are bicycling and astronomy.

Education: Bachelor's degree from Thiel College in Greenville and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Quote: “My goal is to train my students to think creatively and work toward their goals.”

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