Lisa Noelle Cooper
Lisa Noelle Cooper, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
College of Medicine
The Cooper lab is externally funded and focuses on understanding the skeletal changes that occurred as mammals departed terrestrial habitats. We focus on mammals that invaded the skies, like bats, or those that invaded the seas, like whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Our research questions are aimed at understanding bone development and bone biology in general. We take a synthetic approach and integrate anatomical, biomechanical, and molecular evidence to better understand how the mammalian skeleton can be changed to allow for life in an extreme habitat. Our funded efforts focus on the mechanobiology of the bone matrix in bats, and our ongoing research investigates solutions to fragile bone disorders in humans.
To the left are links to the Cooper Lab's personnel and publications. If you are interested in joining our research efforts, please contact Dr. Cooper.