Contact Info

Phone: 256-327-9491
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806

Sara Cooper, PhD

Combining genomics and metabolomics

Sara Cooper, PhD, joined the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology as a faculty investigator in 2010. She trained in genomics and metabolomics at Stanford University and the University of Washington. Her work is focused on using genomic and metabolomic technologies to understand human disease and improve patient care. Her ongoing studies often rely on integration of metabolomics and genomics. Current and recent projects cover a diverse range of human disease including pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, glioblastoma and neuropsychiatric disease with a particular emphasis on precision medicine. She also leads the Institute’s Information is Power community outreach effort.

2010 Postdoctoral Training in Metabolomics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2006-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Stan Fields, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2006 PhD in Genetics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

2001-2006 Graduate Student, Laboratory of Richard M. Myers, Department of Genetics, Palo Alto, CA

2001 BS in Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2000-2001 Senior Honors Thesis Research, Laboratory of Nansi Jo Colley, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2010-Present Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, AL

2011-Present Adjunct Faculty, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

2014-Present Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics graduate theme Program Director, UAB

2015-Present Committee Member for three Ph.D. Students at University of Alabama-Huntsville

2007-2010 Ruth L. Kirschstein Award, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Recent News

February 18, 2020
Faculty Investigator Sara Cooper, PhD, sat down with the Belle Curve Podcast to discuss how genetic testing can help individuals learn more about their cancer risk. Cooper also explained how HudsonAlpha scientists are using genomi...
November 7, 2019
HudsonAlpha hosted its 11th annual Tie the Ribbons event today where more than 1,300 members of the community convened at the Von Braun Center to hear about the Institute's breast and ovarian cancer programs.
November 5, 2019
At HudsonAlpha, casual gatherings can lead to incredible research opportunities. Most recently at the Institute, a fortuitous encounter at a HudsonAlpha mixer led to a collaboration that will search for new ways to treat pancreati...
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