About Me

I'm a biochemist (with some synthetic organic leanings) at Willamette University, with interests that focus on designing fluorescent sensors that mimic biological function, in particular to detect the early progression of tumors via micro-RNAs. I'm originally from rural Louisiana (Sunset, specifically), where I spent many of my formative years working on a horse farm- and I can make a fantastic gumbo when the weather gets cold. I stayed local for my undergraduate work at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and then moved a short distance to New Orleans for my PhD with Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah at Tulane University. Following graduate school, I made a longer move to to Grinnell College in Iowa for two year faculty postion. I have recently made my longest move yet to come to Willamette University, where I teach general chemistry, biochemistry and the experimental biochemistry lab series.

My research area primarily focuses on the development of fluorescent sensors that work in biological systems, and mimic some of the high sensitivity and responsiveness that we see in biological systems. I base my sensors off of folded nucleic acids, as well as supramolecular host-guest systems that work in a similar fashion to fluorescent proteins. I am particularly interested in designing sensors able to probe micro-RNA levels and localization in real time to better understand their role in the early progression of tumors, with an eye towards the long-term development of inexpensive, durable and straightforward systems for the early detection of cancer. For more information on my research, including current and past projects as well as collected techniques and publications, check out the research section of my website. Research is all about the people you work with, and I've had the chance to work with some fantastic students, so I also encourage you to check out some of my current and past research students!

I am also passionate about teaching, in lectures and labs as well as through mentoring in research settings and extra-curricular activities. I think strong foundations and the integration of investigation into early coursework is extremely important to developing the next generation of talented scientists. More information on my approach to teaching can be found on the teaching section of my website, including my teaching philosophy, material for some past and current classes, and a section devoted to outreach (currently under development).

Contact Info

You can get in touch with me via gmail at chbattle, or find me on Willamette's campus in the Olin Building, Room 317. In addition to always being happy to talk about my work, chemistry, or science in general, I love reading science fiction and fantasy and maintain a modest lending library of paperbacks in my office- feel free to stop by and borrow some of my favorites!


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2016-2017 Highlights

2015-2016 Highlights

Updated December 2016, ® Cooper Battle