Cynthia Cooper, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics
- Arts and Sciences
- Molecular Biosciences
Welcome to the Zebrafish Pigment Cell Biology Lab homepage! The lab is headed by Dr. Cynthia Cooper of Washington State University in Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. Please visit our webpage frequently for updates on research and available positions.
Our laboratory is interested in the cell biology, developmental biology and genetics of pigmentation. Black pigment cells, or melanocytes, reside throughout human skin, in hair follicles/eyes and are essential in providing color to those features as well as initiating the tanning response. We use zebrafish melanophores as a model to ask questions regarding the cell biology and genetics of pigment/skin cell development. Our long term goal is the not only better understand pigment cell development, but also to find new treatments for pigment cell diseases, such as melanoma and albinism. Currently, our work is funded by WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.