The Battle Lab

The Battle Lab (run by Cooper Battle, pictured at right with the Lab Dog, Roulez) is a research group at Willamette University, in Salem OR. We are a bio-organic group with a particular interest in combining organic chemistry and biochemistry to make useful fluorescence sensors that can mimic biological function, and work within biological systems. Some of our news highlights can be found below!

Our senors focus on two main directions: those based off of folded nucleic acids, and those formed from 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).

Finding Cooper

You can get in touch with me via my willamette email at cbattle, 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! If you're interested in my background and how I got here, you can find more information here


2022-2023 Highlights

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2020-2021 Highlights

2019-2020 Highlights

2018-2019 Highlights

2017-2018 Highlights

2016-2017 Highlights

2015-2016 Highlights

Updated June 2020, ® Cooper Battle