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Sunil Malapati

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office: 230 F CBH 
Mail Stop: 1816 
Phone: 6347 


Degrees earned: Ph.D. in Immunology, Northwestern University; M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Professional 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.

Teaching philosophy: 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 challenge. 

Sunil’s favorite:

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 – Calculus

Place traveled – Glacier National Park

Hobby – Theatre

  • Support Clarke - Spring
  • Arts at Clarke 2016
  • Transfer Fall 2015