BIOLOGIST CORINNE MICHELS
NAMED DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR AT QUEENS COLLEGE
FLUSHING, NY, August 16, 2004 – Corinne Michels, a professor of biology at Queens College, has received the highest honor bestowed by The City University of New York, the title of Distinguished Professor.
“If I were asked to explain in two words what makes Queens an exceptional college, my answer easily could be Corinne Michels,” said Queens College President James Muyskens introducing her to the CUNY Board of Trustees at their June 28 meeting. “As a teacher and researcher, she has few peers.”
Michels has achieved an international reputation for her research into the regulation of maltose fermentation in yeast, which helps explain metabolism control in almost all living cells. She has a remarkable record of funding for her research, including 30 years of continuous support from the National Institutes of Health. Her work has been praised as “pathbreaking,” “truly exceptional,” and “novel, unexpected and exciting.” Her textbook, Genetic Techniques for Biological Research: A Case Study Approach, is widely used.
Michels graduated magna cum laude from Queens College in 1963 with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She obtained her MS in 1965 and her PhD in 1969 from Columbia University . In 1972, she joined the Queens College faculty.
A resident of Manhasset, N.Y, Michels is married to Harold T. Michaels, Vice President of the Copper Development Association. She has two children: William J. Michels of Pasadena , California , and Dr. Catherine L. Michels, General Surgery Resident at Nassau University Medical Center in Fresh Meadows, New York.