Partha Basu, Ph.D.

Department Chair



LD 326L
(317) 274-8935
Research Areas:
Biochemistry | Inorganic Chemistry/Bioinorganic Chemistry | Mass Spectrometry | Sensors


Our research continues to focus on metals in biological systems in relation to human health and the environment. Specifically, we are focused on molybdenum enzymes that play important roles in nitrogen, arsenic and sulfur metabolism. We are excited about our science, and fostering a lab environment that provides a positive and rewarding learning experience.


  • Basu earned his Ph.D. in chemistry—specializing in aspects of transition metal chemistry of oximes and related species—from the Jadavpur University, India.
  • Completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona.
  • Started his independent career as an assistant professor at Duquesne University. He became a full professor in 2010, and an endowed Chair of Scholarly Excellence in 2015.

Publications & Professional Activity

Basu’s research is in the exciting field of bioinorganic chemistry, which has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Basu holds five patents and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. His research has been cited ~5700 times. He has mentored 75 research students of all levels and with varied background.


  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member, Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
  • Founding director, Center of Metals in Biological Systems at Duquesne University (2005-2016)