Kim Cooper is an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego, Division of Biological Sciences, Section of Cell and Developmental Biology. She teaches BILD3: Organismal Evolution and Ecology and co-teaches an upper level undergraduate course on Stem Cells and Regeneration with Dr. David Traver.
From 2006-2013, she was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Cliff Tabin in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Her interest in limb development and the diversity of form in animals drew her to the Tabin lab.
In 2005, she received her Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Cecilia Moens at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as a student in the FHCRC/University of Washington Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. Her dissertation was on the genetics of hindbrain motor neuron specification and cellular behavior.
In 1999, she received her B.S. with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University where she majored in Biology with a concentration in Genetics and Development. She was an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Ross MacIntyre studying the genetic organization of the Drosophila dumpy gene.
Member of Society for Developmental Biology
Member of American Association of Anatomists
Member of Pan-American Society for Evolutionary
Guest Editor for a Special Issue of Developmental Dynamics on
Evolution of Morphology (scheduled for publication in 2015)
HONORS AND AWARDS
Searle Scholar Award 2015-2018
Pew Biomedical Scholar Award 2015-2019
Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching 2010
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NIH F32) 2006-2009
Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant (NIH T32) 2002-2005
National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship 1999-2002
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellow 1998
University of California, San Diego
Division of Biological Sciences
Natural Sciences Building, Room 6117
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0380
La Jolla, CA 92093-0380
MEET THE PEOPLE
We are a dynamic team of undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and technical staff united by our curiosity of organismal diversity.
OUR LATEST FINDINGS
Read more about the various projects in the lab and our work toward understanding the mechanisms of musculoskeletal development and evolution.
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