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Following my first degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford (Merton College), I moved to the Department of Engineering Science and Linacre College to pursue a PhD/DPhil in molecular microbiology and biochemistry. During this time I developed an interest in DNA replication and repair, studying thermoacidophilic archaea and their DNA polymerases. To pursue my interests in genomics, I then undertook a Masters degree in Bioinformatics at the University of York with a research placement at the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

I subsequently moved into eukaryotic molecular biology, working for 3 years at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences in Oxford. Here I researched microRNA and cancer-testis antigen expression profiles in human lymphomas, cementing my interests in cancer research. I then undertook two postdoctoral positions at the Structural Genomics Consortium (Oxford), working on high-throughput crystallography and biochemistry of human DNA polymerases and helicases involved in genome integrity, SNF2 family members in chromatin remodelling and ETS transcription factors.

I continued to research genome integrity factors in cancer during a short postdoc at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology (Oxford), using structural, biochemical and cell biology approaches to study endonucleases, chromatin remodeling SNF2 ATPases and poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation, involved in the DNA damage response. During my latter postdoc positions I was appointed as an E.P. Abraham Cephalosporin Junior Research Fellow and a member of the Governing Body at Linacre College, and also as a College Lecturer in Biochemistry at the Queen’s College.

I joined the University of Huddersfield as a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences in 2015.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to study proteins involved in the DNA damage response and genome integrity in human cancers and aging
  • Developing novel protein expression and purification systems to facilitate structural and biochemical approaches 
  • Biotechnological exploitation of novel DNA metabolising proteins from extremophilic bacteria and archaea

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Research Output

  • 1105 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
  • 17 Article
  • 4 Letter
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Chapter

The Controversial Roles of ADP-Ribosyl Hydrolases MACROD1, MACROD2 and TARG1 in Carcinogenesis

Feijs, K., Cooper, C. & Žaja, R., 5 Mar 2020, In : Cancers. 12, 3, 17 p., 604.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
  • Archaeal DNA polymerases: new frontiers in DNA replication and repair

    Cooper, C., Dec 2018, In : Emerging Topics in Life Sciences . 2, 4, p. 503-516 14 p., ETLS-2018-0015CR1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • MicroRNA quantitation during dendritic cell endocytosis using Imaging Flow Cytometry: key factors and requirements

    Tong, Q., Zhu, Y., Zhang, D., Cai, Q., Qu, W., Cooper, C., Wang, J. & McHugh, P., 21 Nov 2018, In : Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry. 51, 2, p. 793-811 19 p., 2018MS533.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • N- and C-terminal truncations to enhance protein solubility and crystallization: Predicting protein domain boundaries with bioinformatics tools

    Cooper, C. D. O. & Marsden, B. D., 4 May 2017, Heterologous Gene Expression in E.coli: Methods and Protocols. Burgess-Brown, N. A. (ed.). Humana Press Inc., p. 11-31 21 p. (Methods in Molecular Biology; vol. 1586).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Structural Insights into the Function of ZRANB3 in Replication Stress Response

    Sebesta, M., Cooper, C., Ariza, A., Carnie, C. J. & Ahel, D., 16 Jun 2017, In : Nature Communications. 8, 16 p., 15847.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 25 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Editorial work
    • 1 Membership of committee

    Microbiology Society (External organisation)

    Christopher Cooper (Chair)
    1 Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Bioscience Reports (Journal)

    Christopher Cooper (Member of editorial board)
    1 Aug 2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work