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“Superbug” Fighter to Speak at College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Convocation

CLAS Graduate Convocation Speaker - Kevin Minbiole, PhD

Professor Kevin Minbiole and students in the lab

Chemistry Professor Kevin Minbiole’s research into infection control has won international and University-wide acclaim

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Associate Professor of Chemistry Kevin Minbiole, PhD, and his team of Villanova University graduate and undergraduate student researchers are at the forefront of the battle against “superbugs”—infectious bacteria that are resistant to traditional disinfectants. His work has led to the creation of hundreds of new chemical compounds, a volume of published papers on the topic and two major University awards this spring. What’s more, he has helped Villanova students gain entry into some of the most prestigious Chemistry PhD programs in the country and launch their research careers.

Minbiole, who is the Director of the Chemistry Graduate Program, embraces the University’s teacher-scholar model and embodies Villanova’s commitment to meaningful and innovate scholarship, as well as service to the greater good. It is fitting that he will be the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Graduate Studies Convocation Speaker this year.

 “We are the thrilled to have Kevin speak to our graduates and their families at Convocation,” says Christine Palus, PhD, Dean of CLAS Graduate Studies. “He is one of Villanova’s most exceptional teachers and scholars, while leading a dynamic graduate program in Chemistry.”

This past April, Minbiole earned one the University’s seven annual Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Awards. The ICE Awards were created and endowed by Patrick Meyer '74 VSB in honor of the Meyer family (Patrick '74, Edward '86, and C. Paul '30) to recognize the spirit of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship that enhances Villanova University. Minbiole’s ICE Award recognition noted his three patent applications and several provisional patents and his creation of a startup, NovaLyse Biosolutions, to bring his innovative technology to market.

In May, Minbiole was honored by his peers of CLAS faculty with the 2017 Veritas Award for Research Excellence, one of four faculty awards the College presented this year. The Veritas Award recognizes outstanding accomplishment in faculty scholarship. Nominated faculty are reviewed by a College committee who examine the nominee's record of scholarship and the impact it has had on the scholarly community.  

The CLAS Graduate Convocation will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 on Mendel Field. The University Commencement Ceremony will be held the day before at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at Villanova Stadium. See more information about Commencement.


About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.