Dr. Emel Topal (Topal-Hively) has a B.S. degree in biology from Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey, M.S. degree in Biology from Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey and a Ph.D. in Biology focused on infectious diseases and vaccine development from Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. She teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology, Medicine and Culture and Applied Biological Science Seminar series, and occasionally other science classes such as microbiology laboratories at College of Integrative Scieneces and Arts (CISA), Arizona State University. Dr. Topal previously taught Microbiology, General Biology, Micropreperation Techniques, Histology, Plant Physiology, Plant Anatomy at Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey.
Dr Topal joined a world leader group in plant-derived vaccines as a Ph.D. student at Biodesign Institute at ASU. She obtained an effective vaccine for preventing Escherichia coli O157:H7 Intestinal attachment and colonization and presented/ published her results in variety of journals and conferenses.
Dr. Topal recently received Outstanding Teaching award (https://cisa.asu.edu/all-college-awards) from Arizona State University.
In her spare time, she volunteers at different elementary schools and non profit organization to spread the love of science. She is also a member of an outreach group at CISA. Together with other team members she promotes science to young females. She also loves to travel with her husband and 2 kids.