With the current high rate of contagiousness and infection from Omicron, we have made the decision to conduct all January classes remotely and to require, with limited exceptions, all employees without essential on-campus duties during this period to work from home through January 28th.  For more information on Covid-19 and the start of spring semester, please use this link to our Covid Response page.  

Michael Tessler

Adjunct Instructor

Michael Tessler has always been into creepy crawlies. Eventually this brought him to the American Museum of Natural History where he received a PhD for his studies of leech evolution and how you can use leeches to help conserve the vertebrates they feed on. Michael continues his research at the museum working on applying molecular methods to study evolution across plants, animals, and microbes. His work as been featured by a number of media outlets, such as the New York Times.

studying a crayfish
Michael Tessler, studying a crayfish


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.