Brandon S. Cooper

Brandon S. Cooper

Assistant Professor

Home Department: DBS
Office: ISB 308

Personal Website


BIOB 160N, Principles of Living Systems, each fall 

BIOM 420, Host-Microbe Interactions (full writing course), each spring

BIOM 491-01, Host-Microbe Interactions, spring 2019/2020

BIOB 595-02, Advanced Evolutionary Genetics & Genomics (CHALK) Seminar, each spring and fall


NIH and NIAID Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Davis, 2014-2017

PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2014

Research Interests

Host-Wolbachia interactions, speciation, and other evolutionary genetic problems

Field of Study

Evolutionary genetics

Selected Publications

Beckmann J.F., K. Van Vaerenberghe, D.E. Akwa, and B.S. Cooper. 2021. A single mutation weakens symbiont-induced reproductive manipulation through reductions in deubiquitylation efficiency. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Matute D.R. and B.S. Cooper. 2021. Comparative studies on speciation: 30 years since Coyne and Orr. Evolution.

Wheeler T.B., V. Thompson, W.R. Conner, and B.S. Cooper 2021. Wolbachia in the spittlebug Prosapia ignipectus: Variable infection frequencies, but no apparent effect on host reproductive isolation. Ecology & Evolution. 11:10054-10065.

Hague M.T.J., H.A. Woods, and B.S. Cooper. 2021. Pervasive effects of Wolbachia on host activity. Biology Letters. 17:20210052.

Hague M.T.J., Caldwell C., and B.S. Cooper. 2020. Pervasive effects of Wolbachia on host temperature preference. mBio. 11:e01768-20

Hague M.T.J., H. Mavengere, D.R. Matute, and B.S. Cooper. 2020. Environmental and genetic contributions to imperfect wMel-like Wolbachia transmission and frequency variation. GENETICS. 215:1117-1132.

Cooper, B.S., D. Vanderpool, W.R. Conner, D.R. Matute, and M. Turelli. 2019.Wolbachia acquisition by Drosophila yakuba-clade hosts and transfer of incompatibility loci between distantly related Wolbachia. GENETICS. 212:1399-1419.

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. 73-6:1278-1295. 73

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.

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