Brandon S. Cooper

Brandon S. Cooper

Assistant Professor

Office: ISB 316

Personal Website


BIOM 491-01, Host-Microbe Interactions, Spring 2019

BIOB 595-02, Advanced Evolutionary Genetics & Genomics (CHALK) Seminar, every Spring and Fall


NIH and NIAID Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Davis

PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington

Research Interests

Host-Wolbachia interactions, local adaptation, speciation

Field of Study

Evolutionary genetics

Selected Publications

Cooper, B.S., D. Vanderpool, W.R. Conner, D.R. Matute, and M. Turelli. preprint/in revision. Introgressive and horizontal acquisition of Wolbachiaby Drosophila yakuba-clade hosts and horizontal transfer of incompatibility loci between distantly related Wolbachia. biorxiv/GENETICS.

Meany, M.K., W.R. Conner, S.V. Richter, J.A. Bailey, M. Turelli, and B.S. Cooper. 2019. Loss of cytoplasmic incompatibility and minimal fecundity effects explain relatively low Wolbachia frequencies in Drosophila mauritiana. Evolution.

Cooper, B.S., A. Sedghifar, W.T. Nash, A.A. Comeault, D.R. Matute. 2018. A maladaptive combination of traits contributes to the maintenance of a Drosophila hybrid zone. Current Biology. 28:2940-2947.

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. 2018. Rapid global spread of wRi-like Wolbachia across multiple Drosophila. Current Biology. 28:963-971.

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.