Brandon S. Cooper

Brandon S. Cooper

Assistant Professor

Office: ISB 316

Personal Website


NIH and NIAID Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Davis

PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington

Research Interests

Host-symbiont interactions, physiological adapatation, speciation, Wolbachia

Field of Study

Evolutionary genetics

Selected Publications

Cooper, B.S., A. Sedghifar, W.T. Nash, A.A. Comeault, D.R. Matute. A maladaptive combination of traits contributes to the maintenance of a stable hybrid zone between two divergent species of Drosophila. bioRxiv. 

Turelli, M., B.S. Cooper, K.M. Richardson, P.S. Ginsberg, B.P. Peckenpaugh, C.X. Antelope, K.J. Kim, M.R. May, A. Abrieux, D.A. Wilson, M.J. Bronski, B.R. Moore, J. Gao, M.B. Eisen, J.C. Chiu, W.R. Conner, A.A. Hoffmann. Accepted. Rapid global spread of wRi-like Wolbachia across multiple Drosophila. Current Biology.

Cooper, B.S., P. Ginsberg, M. Turelli, and D. Matute. 2017. Wolbachia in the Drosophila yakuba complex: pervasive frequency variation and weak cytoplasmic incompatibility, but no apparent effect on reproductive isolation. Genetics. 205:333–351.

Adrion, J.R., M.W. Hahn, and B.S. Cooper. 2015. Revisiting classic clines in Drosophila melanogaster in the age of genomics. Trends in Genetics. 31:434-444.

Cooper, B.S., C. Burrus, C. Ji, M.W. Hahn, and K.L. Montooth. 2015. Similar efficacies of selection shape mitochondrial and nuclear genes in both Drosophila melanogaster and Homo sapien. Genes|Genomes|Genetics. 5:2165-76.

Cooper, B.S., L.A. Hammad, and K.L. Montooth. 2014. Thermal adaptation of cellular membranes in natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster. Functional Ecology. 4:886-894.

Condon, C., B.S. Cooper, S. Yeaman, and M.J. Angilletta. 2014. Temporal variation favors the evolution of generalists in experimental populations of Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution. 68:720-728.

Cooper, B.S., L.A. Hammad, N.P. Fisher, J.A. Karty, and K.L. Montooth. 2012. In a variable thermal environment selection favors greater plasticity of cell membranes in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution. 66: 1976-1984.

Cooper, B.S., M. Czarnoleski, and M.J. Angilletta. 2010. Acclimation of thermal physiology in natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster: a test of an optimality model. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23: 2346-2355.