Kim Cooper

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

    Developmental Biology


  Guest Editor for a Special Issue of Developmental Dynamics on

    Evolution of Morphology (scheduled for publication in 2015)



  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


Ph: (858)534-1040


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