About Me

I am a bio-organic chemist currently in a visiting position as an Assistant Professor at Grinnell College in Iowa. I did my doctoral work in the Jayawickramarajah Group at Tulane University and I'm originally from rural Louisiana (Sunset, to be precise). I spent many formative years working on a horse farm, and can make a fantastic gumbo when the weather gets cold. For more information on my professional work, take a look at my CV.

My research area primarily focuses on the development of sensor systems (predominately derived from bio-inspired supramolecular scaffolds) that can be used for rapid, reversibile interrogation of living systems. In particular, I am very 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, facile systems for the early detection of cancer progression. 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 Grinnell's campus in the Noyce Science Center, room 2207.


Fall 2017 Highlights

Summer 2017 Highlights

2016-2017 Highlights

2015-2016 Highlights

Updated December 2016, ® Cooper Battle