Associate Professor of Chemistry
||230 F CBH
Ph.D. in Immunology, Northwestern University; M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
experience: I was an adjunct at Ferris State University in Michigan and
before that at Oakton Community College in the Chicagoland area. I arrived at chemistry
mostly by accident as my degrees are in chemical engineering and biology.
Biochemistry allows me to draw upon the breadth of my knowledge.
Every course is different because every subject has to be approached
differently. Every section is different because every group of students brings different
skill set and experience. My task is to facilitate student learning that is
unique to the subject and the group of students. I am guided by four simple rules: enable
discovery, establish a narrative, enforce rigor and expand what is possible.
Clarke’s impact on Sunil:
One of the greatest joys
of teaching biochemistry at Clarke is getting to know the students really
well. I trust that their understanding
of basics is strong because they have run through the gauntlet of Sr. Diana
Malone, Karen Glover and Laura Birch before they come to me. I delight in
watching them piece the life science puzzle together!
On a broader note, Clarke allows me to expand what is
possible on a professional level. I can collaborate with a wide range of
faculty and staff and contribute meaningfully to various communities- Clarke
community and Dubuque community, of course, but also the biochemistry teaching
community, and a Food Science community that is growing.
Sunil’s impact on students:
When an alumna at a medical school tells me that she is the go-to person for biochemistry
first-year students and credits my course for her preparedness, I know I made
an impact. I am very proud to be part of a department that sets very high
standards for student achievement, and our students have risen to the
Movie – E.T., Finding Nemo
Book – Shakespeare,
especially the high comedies and great tragedies.
Quote – Always
the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question (e.e.cummings)
Class in college –
Place traveled – Glacier
Hobby – Theatre