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Teaching Excellence Award recipient Cory Emal
College of Arts and Sciences - Chemistry

by Emma Krzyzaniak, Published October 16, 2013


In 2005, Emal began his career at Eastern as an assistant professor and then in 2010 he was moved to the role of associate professor. Before coming to EMU, Emal worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and University of Michigan.

While at Walker Reed, Emal designed and synthesized drugs to test against malaria and he was responsible for the development of novel heterocyclic compounds utilized in cell localization studies and drug development. Additionally, at the University of Michigan he designed and synthesized focused libraries of potent, selective, sub-nanomolar inhibitors of parasitic cysteine proteases. Successfully cured Trypanosoma cruzi infected cells and produced gram quantities of compounds for mouse-model studies. Also, he developed anti-malarial compounds with picomolar protency against Plasmodium Falciparum.

Since coming to EMU, Emal has impacted many students' lives. He is encouraging, supportive and goes above and beyond his student's expectations to make sure concepts are understood. Not only is he known for being an excellent teacher but an advisor as well. He has mentored eleven graduate and fifteen undergraduate research students. Emal works to ensure his students get a meaningful learning experience. He acts not only as a mentor but as a friend, encourages them to test their ideas and to make mistakes, all while treating them with respect.



Join us in celebrating Cory's accomplishment at the 53rd Annual Teaching Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception, Thursday, November 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call the Office for Alumni Relations at 734.487.0250.