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Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego

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.


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    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California San Diego