David Cooper

Cooper, David R

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor of Research, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics


  • BS, Biochemistry, Old Dominion University
  • PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Purdue University

Contact Information

1340 Jefferson Park Ave
Room 4224
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Telephone: 434 924 2948

Research Disciplines

Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology, Genetics

Research Interests

Data management and analysis for scientific endeavors, particularly X-ray crystallography.

Research Description

Although I still determine structures using X-ray crystallography, I am currently primarily involved in the development of a new generation of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to track experimental procedures and parameters for the biophysical characterization of macromolecules. Scientific reproducibility depends on the availability of the protocols, data, and necessary meta-data necessary to conduct experiments. The LIMS we are developing is designed with flexibility in mind and will be able to manage experimental samples and workflows for all the experimental steps of a structural biology pipeline, from initial cloning to deposition of refined structures into the PDB.

Selected Publications