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COOPER LAB

At the University of Kentucky

 

 

 

Clara deCastro hits the NEWS 2015 http://www.kentucky.com/living/family/article44595561.html

deCastro, C., Titlow, J., Majeed, Z.R., and Cooper, R.L. (2014). Examining the usefulness of various salines by physiological assays designed for larval Drosophila melanogaster: heart rate, synaptic transmission at neuromuscular junction and central circuits in the CNS. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 200:83–92, Impact factor 1.856 [PDF]

My views in mentoring high school students for science fairs http://uknowledge.uky.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1043&context=kaleidoscope

Read all about UK's commitment to Outreaching for KY Young Researchers--- Click here--

UK undergrad classes, grad students and faculty blog with middle and high school students about concepts in science: http://www.getacclaim.com/blog/biology-stem-and-communication-a-university-of-kentucky-collaboration/

(Feb. 17, 2016 see PR in UK NOW on this project: http://uknow.uky.edu/content/community-collaboration-connects-lewis-county-high-schoolers-uk-scientists​ )

UK College of Nursing home page: http://www.uky.edu/nursing/about-us/news/college-nursing-phd-student-and-alum-engage-kentucky-high-schoolers-collaborative

(see PR in UK NOW on this project: http://uknow.uky.edu/content/uk-project-engages-next-generation-kentuckians-tackle-health-problems )

(see PR within Fayette County Schools http://www.fcps.net/news/features/2014-15/ukmodules )

WORLD WIDE SCIENCE WITHOUT BOARDERS- see https://sites.google.com/site/sciencetalkworldwide/

 

Development of educational resources for middle & high school teachers (Skeletal muscle, Population dynamics, 2D- 3D imaging)

See publications and presentations of these high school students (listed below)


High School Student for 2016-2017

Aya Samadi

I am a high school student at Sayre. My research is on physiological experiments with Drosophila.


High School Students for 2015-2016

Clara deCastro and Jessica Nelson and Natalie Fields

 


High School Students for 2014-2015

The team is back !!

Clara deCastro and Samuel Wycoff

They are both adding to last years projects with new slants


High School Students for 2013-2014

Clara deCastro, Elizabeth Schwarcz, Robin Swoveland are all back again and a new person joined in

Samuel Wycoff (GOING TO INTEL INTERNATIONAL FAIR 2014)


High School Students for 2012-2013

Leo deCastro

I am a high school student at Henry Clay. My research is on the effect of temperture on syanptic transmission.

Clara deCastro

I am a high school student at Sayre. My research is on developing a good physiological saline for conducting physiological experiments with Drosophila.

http://www.kentucky.com/living/family/article44595561.html

Elizabeth Schwarcz

I am a high school student conducting research on the various behaviors in Drosophila throughout development.

Robin Swoveland

I am a high school student conducting research on the pharmacology of 5-HT receptors on the Drosophila heart.

High School Students for 2009-2012

 

Justin Graff

jtgraff22@gmail.com

I am a high school student at Henry Clay.

Kylah Rymond

kerymond@insightbb.com

I am a high school student at Henry Clay.

 

Valerie Sarge

I am a high school student. I am working on developing salines for physiological recordings in Drosophila. I hope this will help the fruit fly researchers around the world. Since the fruit fly is used as a research model to study human disorders it is important to have good physiological salines to study physiology. See recent paper on Drosophila as a model for human studies [PDF]. My Movies of a Fly heart: AVI format (~90MB) or MPEG format (50MB). (download to your computer then play).

The Fabulous Five for 2008-2009

 

Ann Cooper (2003-2009)

Lafayette High School

Shelly Xu (2008-2009)

Dunbar High School

Mr. Clay Turner (2004-2006)

Lafayette High School

Ms. Meagan Griffin (2006)

Sayre High School

Mr. Justin Graff (2008-2009)

Henry Clay High School

Ms. Maddie Delgado (2008-2009)

Lexington Catholic High School

Mr. Curtis Northcutt (2008-2009)

Lafayette High School

 

Curtis and Shelly at the INTEL 2009 Science fair.

Taking the day off at Lake Tahoe

Support from UK allowed these students attend various meetings and academic related events.

Such activities vary from conducting science fair projects to attending international meetings to present their research.

 

Papers Peer Reviewed:

1. Cooper, A.-S. and Cooper, R.L. (2004) Growth of troglobitic (Orconectes australis packardi) and epigean (Oroconectes juvenilis) species of crayfish maintained in laboratory conditions. Journal of Kentucky Academy of Sciences 65(2):108-115. [PDF]

2. Cooper, A.-S. and Cooper, R.L. (2004) Monitoring activity of Drosophila larvae: Impedance & video microscopy measures. Drosophila Information Service 87:85-87. [PDF]

3. Cooper, A.S. (2007) Methods to measure circadian pattern in isolated adults. Drosophila Information Service 90:139-140. [PDF]

4. Dasari, S., Viele, K., Turner, A.C. and Cooper R.L. (2007) Influence of p-CPA and MDMA on physiology, development and behavior in Drosophila melanogaster European Journal of Neuroscience 26:424-438. [PDF].

5. Cooper, A.S., and Cooper, R.L. (2009) Historical view and physiological demonstration of synaptic transmission at the crayfish opener muscle.   Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE).  JoVE. 33. http://www.jove.com/index/details.stp?id=1595; doi: 10.3791/1595.  

6. Cooper,  A.S., Rymond, K.E.,  Ward, M.A., Bocook, E.L. and Cooper, R.L. (2009) Monitoring heart function in larval Drosophila melanogaster for physiological studies. Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) 32: http://www.jove.com/index/details.stp?id=1596 ,

7. Cooper, R.M., Schapker-Finucane, H.  Adami, H. and  Cooper, R.L. (2011) Heart and ventilatory measures in crayfish during copulation.  Open Journal of Molecular and Integrative Physiology 1(3): 36-42. http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?paperID=8344

8. Chung,Y-S. Cooper, R.M., Graff, J. and Cooper, R.L. (2012) The acute and chronic effect of low temperature on survival, heart rate and neural function in crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) and prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) species. Open Journal of Molecular and Integrative Physiology 2:75-86. [PDF]

9. deCastro, Titlow, J., Majeed, Z.R., and Cooper, R.L. (2014). Analysis of various physiological salines for heart rate, CNS function, and synaptic transmission at neuromuscular junctions in Drosophila melanogaster larvae. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 200:83–92, Impact factor 1.856 [PDF]

10. Majeed, Z.R., Abdeljaber, E., Soveland, R., Cornwell, K., Bankemper, A., Koch, F. and Cooper, R.L. (2016). Modulatory action of serotonergic system in behavior and sensory-motor circuit physiology in Drosophila melanogaster. Neural Plasticity [PDF] http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/7291438 Impact Factor for 3.582 Journal Citation Reports released by Thomson Reuters (ISI) in 2014.

Notes and newsletters:

Cooper, R.L. and Cooper, Ann-Simone (2002) Self mutilation in crayfish Procambarus clarkii. International Association of Astacology Newsletter, ISSN 1023-8174, Crayfish News. 24:4-5.


Abstracts/Presentations:

1. Cooper, A.-S., Cooper R.L. (2005) Behavioral characterization of Drosophila melanogaster larvae in relation to circadian patterns. (Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting. San Diego, CA, January 4-8).

2. Cooper, A.-S., Cooper R.L. (2005) Behavioral characterization of Drosophila melanogaster larvae in relation to circadian patterns. (Local Bluegrass Chapter for the Society of Neuroscience. Held at Keenland in March).

3. Cooper, A.-S., Johnstone, A.F.M., Moffett, S. and Cooper R.L. (2005) Nerve terminal pruning in conjunction with muscle atrophy by disuse & unloading. Society of Neuroscience annual meeting. Held in Washington, DC. in Nov.

4. Cooper, A.-S., Moffett, S., Johnstone, A.F.M. and Cooper, R.L. (2006) Nerve terminal pruning in conjunction with muscle atrophy by disuse & unloading. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Annual meeting. Orlando, FL. January 4-8.

5. Turner, C., Dasari, S., and Cooper, R.L. (2005) Influence of the dopamine and serotonergic systems on physiology, development and behavior of Drosophila melanogaster. Kentucky Academy of Sciences. Annual meeting. Eastern KY University, Richmond, KY. Nov. 10-12.

6. Turner, C., Dasari, S., and Cooper, R.L. (2006) Influence of the dopamine and serotonergic systems on physiology, development and behavior of Drosophila melanogaster. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Annual meeting. Orlando, FL. January 4-8.

7. Turner, C., Dasari, S., and Cooper, R.L. (2006) Influence of the dopamine and serotonergic systems on physiology, development and behavior of Drosophila melanogaster. Showcase of Scholars meeting. University of KY, April 25, 2006.

8. Cooper, A.-S., Moffett, S., Johnstone, A.F.M. and Cooper, R.L. (2006) Nerve terminal pruning in conjunction with muscle atrophy by disuse & unloading. Showcase of Scholars meeting. University of KY, April 25, 2006.

9. Cooper, A.-S., Viele, K. and Cooper, R.L. (2006) Differential regulation of synaptic transmission along the length of motor nerve terminals in larval Drosophila. Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Atlanta, GA.

10. Dasari, S., Turner, A.C., Cullman-Clark, B., White, J., and Cooper, R.L. (2006) Effects of the serotonergic system on physiology, development, learning and behavior of Drosophila melanogaster. Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Atlanta, GA.

11. Cooper, A.S., Johnstone, A.F.M., and Cooper, R.L. (2006) Nerve terminal pruning in conjunction with muscle atrophy by disuse & unloading. VIII East European Conference of the International Society for Invertebrate Neurobiology Simpler Nervous Systems. Kazan, Russia, Sept. 13-17.

12. Cooper, A.S., Cooper, R.L., Chae, H., Kim, C. (2008) The effects of capsaicin on Drosophila. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Annual meeting. January 2-6, 2008, San Antonio, TX.

13. Cooper, A.S., Cooper, R.L., Chae, H., Kim, C. (2008) The effects of capsaicin on Drosophila. BlueGrass Chapter of the Society for Neurosceince. Annual meeting. March 12, 2008, University of KY campus.

14. Turner, C., and Cooper, R.L. (2008) Influence of the dopamine system on physiology, development and behavior of Drosophila melanogaster. BlueGrass Chapter of the Society for Neurosceince. Annual meeting. March 12, 2008, University of KY campus.

15. Cooper, A.S., Cooper, R.L., Chae, H., Kim, C. (2008) The effects of capsaicin on Drosophila. 15th Annual meeting. Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior Conference on Friday April 25th at Indiana University.

16. Cooper, A.S., Kim, C. and Cooper, R.L. (2008) The effects of enhanced sensory perception on learning and memory retention in Drosophila. Annual meeting of Society for Neuroscience. Washington, DC.

17. Cooper, A.S. (2008) The Effects of Serotonin on Circadian Pattern and Behaviors in Drosophila. Kentucky Academy of Sciences. Annual meeting. November 1, 2008, Lexington, KY (Univ of KY campus).

18. Cooper, A.S. (2009) The Effects of Serotonin on Circadian Pattern and Behaviors in Drosophila. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Annual meeting. January 2-6, 2009, Boston, Mass.

19. Cooper, A.S., Kim, C., Cooper, R.L. (2009) The effects of enhanced sensory perception to learning and memory retention in Drosophila. 16th Annual meeting. Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior Conference on Friday April 10th at Indiana University.

20. Cooper, A.S., Kim, C. and Cooper, R.L. (2009) The effects of enhanced sensory perception on learning and memory retention in Drosophila. Society for Neuroscience Bluegrass chapter. March 18, 2009 Univ. of KY.

21. Northcutt, C., Viele, K. and Cooper, R.L. (2009) Kinetics of the vesicle fusion pore regarding the physiological function at the neuromuscular junction of crayfish. Society for Neuroscience Bluegrass chapter. March 18, 2009 Univ. of KY.

22. Cooper, A.S., Kim, C., Cooper, R.L. (2009) The effects of enhanced sensory perception to learning and memory retention in  Drosophila. 16th Annual meeting. Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior Conference on Friday April 10th at Indiana University.

23. Cooper, R.M., Chung, Y.S. Holsinger, R.C. and  Cooper, R.L. (2011) Development of neurophysiology laboratory experiments for high schools in Kentucky. Annual meeting of Society for Neuroscience. Washington, DC, USA.

24. Cooper, R.M., Schapker-Finucane, H.  Adami, H. and  Cooper, R.L.  (2011) Heart and ventilatory measures in crayfish during copulation. The Kentucky Academy of Science annual meeting. Nov. 4-5, 2011, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky.

25. Cooper, R.M., Schapker-Finucane, H.  Adami, H. and  Cooper, R.L.  (2012) Heart and ventilatory measures in crayfish during copulation. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Annual meeting. January 3-7, 2012, Charleston, South Carolina.

26. Crum, M., DeCastro, L., Robinson, M.M., Robinson, A.D. and  Cooper, R.L.  (2012). Effects of  hypercalcemia in a crayfish model : Neuron, CNS, intestine, and behavior. Annual meeting of Society for Neuroscience. New Orleans, LA., USA.

27. Majeed, Z. R., Swoveland, R. and Cooper, R. L. (2013) The influence of serotonin alteration on behavior and development in Drosophila. Spring Neuroscience Day, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. April 8, 2013.

28. de Castro, C., Majeed, Z.R., Titlow, J. and Cooper, R.L. (2013). Analysis of various physiological salines for heart rate, CNS function, and synaptic transmission at neuromuscular junctions in Drosophila melanogaster larvae. Annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences. Nov. 8-9, 2013 at Morehead Univ. KY. 2nd place Poster award-undergrad (but she was a 1st year high school student !!)

29. Wycoff, S. and Cooper, R.L. (2014) The behavioral and physiological effects of nicotine on crayfish. Bluegrass Chapter of Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Lexington, KY. March, 27.

30. Vaughn, M., King, K., Majeed, Z.R., Titlow, J.S. de Castro, C., and Cooper, R.L. (2014). The effects of combined modulators on Drosophila melanogaster heart physiology: dopamine, octopamine and serotonin. NCUR-National Council on Undergraduate Research. April 5-7. Univ of KY, Lexington, KY.

31. de Castro, C., Titlow, J., Majeed, Z.R., Vaughn, M., and Cooper, R.L. (2014). Maintaining the Drosophila larval heart for physiological measures: Modulators and cocktails. 2nd Annual meeting of the Ky chapter of the American Physiological Society, Univ. of Louisville, Ky. March 31, 2014.

32. Dabbain, N., Schwarcz, E., Graff, J., Majeed, Z.R. and  Cooper, R.L. (2014)  How the inhibitory modulator GABA alters development, behavior and survival and heart function in Drosophila. Annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences. Nov. 14-16, 2014 at Lexington, KY.

33. deCastro, C., Titlow, J.,  Majeed, Z.R., Vaughn, M.,  King, K. and Cooper, R.L. (2015) Maintaining the Drosophila larval heart in situ: Modulators and stretch activated channels. 3rd Annual meeting of the KY chapter of the American Physiological Society, Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, Louisville, KY. March 23, 2015.

34.  Wycoff, S.H.,  Nadolski, J., and Cooper, R.L. (2015). Modulation of habituation in autonomic control of heart rate and tail flips in crayfish. Bluegrass Chapter of Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Lexington, KY. March, 25.

35. deCastro, C., Titlow, J.,  Majeed, Z.R., Vaughn, M.,  King, K. and Cooper, R.L. (2015). Maintaining the Drosophila larval heart in situ: Modulators and stretch activated channels. The 9th International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry. August 23-28, Kraków, Poland.

36. Zhu, Y.C. de Castro, L., Cooper, R.L. (2015). Neuromuscular physiology in chronic and acute cold exposed crayfish. Annual meeting of Society for Neuroscience. Chicago, IL., USA

37. deCastro, C., Titlow, J., Majeed, Z.R., Malloy, C. Zhu, Y.-C., Vaughn, M., King, K. and Cooper,
R.L. (2015). Maintaining the Drosophila larval heart in situ: Modulators and stretch activated channels. Annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences. Nov. 13-14, 2015 at Northern Kentucky University.

38. Zhu, Y.C. de Castro, L., Cooper, R.L. (2015). Neuromuscular physiology in chronic and acute cold
exposed crayfish. Annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences. Nov. 13-14, 2015 at Northern Kentucky University.

39. deCastro, C., Titlow, J., Majeed, Z.R., Malloy, C. Zhu, Y.-C., Vaughn, M., King, K. and Cooper, R.L. (2016). Maintaining the Drosophila larval heart in situ: Modulators and stretch activated channels. Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Physiological Society, March 24, 2016, Univ of KY., Lexington, KY.

40. Cooper, R.L., Majeed, Z.R., Titlow, J.S., Malloy, C.A. and de Castro, C. (2016) What the Drosophila larval heart preparation has taught us about pacemaker modulation. 2016 International Congress of Entomology. September 25-30, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

 

Power point POSTERS and SLIDE presentations:

Clay Turner 2006. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. [PPT-oral]

Ann Cooper 2006. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. [PPT-poster]

 

Other Awards: Science fair related

Clay Turner: (Joined the lab in 2004)

2005: Placed at School, County Fair, and Regional Fair
- 1st Overall Winner in High School. The Central KY Regional Science & Engineering Fair held on UK campus March 26, 2005
- Science fair project. The Jr. KY Sciences held on Campbellsville University (KY) campus April 16, 2005.
- Science fair project. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held in AZ. 2005. Placed and was awarded a 20K University scholarship.

2006: Placed at School & County Fair
- 1st in Zoology Fayette County Science fair, Feb 18, 2006.
- 1st at Regional for High School in Zoology & 3rd Overall for High School

Clay graduated High School and now attends the Univ. of KY. He continues to conduct
research in the lab related to the effects of dopamine on development in Drosophila. He also just won a fellowship for $21,000 for his research to be conducted thoughout the 2008-2009 academic year. (Go To)

Ann Cooper:

2005: Placed at School, County Fair, and Regional Fair
- 1st at State Fair in Zoology
- 1st at Regional as overall 5th through 8th grades.
- 1st at Junior Kentucky Academy of Sciences in Zoology for Middle Schools.

2006: Placed at School & County Fair
- 1st Over all winner for all High schools entries, Fayette County Science fair, Feb 18, 2006.
- 2nd at Regional for High School in Zoology
- 2nd at State in Zoology for all High Schools.
- 1st at Junior Kentucky Academy of Sciences in Zoology for all High Schools

2007: Placed at School & County Fair
- 2nd at State Fair in Zoology
- 2nd overall at Regional INTEL affiliated fair for all 9th through 12th grades.
- 4th place in Behavioral Sciences category at the International INTEL fair in New Mexico, USA. 2007

2008:

- Placed 1st OVERALL for all high school grades at the Fayette County Science and Engineering Fair.
- 1st OVERALL at Regional INTEL affiliated fair for all 9th through 12th grades. She will attend the INTEL International .......Fair. She will attend the INTEL International Fair.
- 1st at Junior Kentucky Academy of Sciences in Zoology for all High Schools
- 2nd place in Animal Sciences category at the International INTEL fair in Atlanta, GA, USA. 2008

Shelly Xu:

2008: (Joined the lab in 2008)

- Placed at the Fayette County Science and Engineering Fair
- 2nd OVERALL at Regional INTEL affiliated fair for all 9th through 12th grades. She attended the INTEL International ......Fair.
- 1st at Junior Kentucky Academy of Sciences in Biological Topics for all High Schools. Also OVERALL WINNER for all the Life Sciences. Shelly won a free trip to the national meeting in Chicago.

Valarie Sarge

2011-2012 Dunbar High School (Sophomore).
                                    1st place Fy. County Science fair. Animal Sciences.
                                    1st Place, Regional Science fair INTEL affiliated. Animal Science
Leo deCastro

2011-2012-2013 Henry Clay High School (sophomore & Jr)

                                    1st Place, Regional Science fair. INTEL affiliated. Animal Science

                                    1st Place, STATE Science fair. INTEL affiliated. Animal Science

                                   1st Place Biological Sciences, Jr. Kentucky Academy of Sciences. STATE level Science fair.

Clara deCastro

2012-2013 Sayre (Freshman)

                                    Participant at both Regional and State science fair.

                                    2nd Place Biological Sciences, Jr. Kentucky Academy of Sciences. STATE level Science fair.

2013-2014 Sayre (Sophomore)

                                    1st place Fy. County Science fair. Biochemistry.

                                    2nd place, Regional Science fair (UK), Biochemistry. INTEL affiliated.

                                    2nd place, STATE LEVEL Science fair (EKU), Biochemistry. INTEL affiliated.

Elizabeth Schwarcz

2012-2013 Sayre (Sophomore)

                                    3rd Place, Regional Science fair INTEL affiliated. Animal Science

                                    2nd Place, STATE Science fair. INTEL affiliated. Animal Science

2013-2014 Sayre (Junior)

                                   2nd place Fy. County Science fair. Animal Sciences.

                                   2nd place, Regional Science fair (UK), Animal Sciences. INTEL affiliated.

Wycoff Samuel

2013-2014 Paul L. Dunbar High School (Junior)

                                   Fy. County Science fair. Over-All Grade Level Winner. Best of fair award. Animal Sciences

                                   1st place, Regional Science fair (UK), Animal Sciences. INTEL affiliated.                                     

                                   1st place, STATE LEVEL Science fair (EKU), Animal Sciences. INTEL affiliated.

                                   ALSO 3rd BEST OF FAIR, OVERALL. He won a free trip to the INTEL INTERNATIONAL FAIR. Also he gets to compete at the INTEL FAIR with other high school students from 50 different countries. Here is their web page or Youtube ...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhTSioqC0WQ There are 5 or 6 Nobel Prize winers which will talk with students and interact with them. This will be held in LA, California this year.

                                        2014, 1st place, Junior Kentucky Academia of Science in Biological Sciences (April 19, 2014)

 

Photos:

Clay at KY Academy of Sciences
Clay at Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Annual meeting. Orlando, FL. Jan 4-8, 06. Oral presentation
Clay at INTEL International fair

Ann at Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Annual meeting. Orlando, FL. January 4-8. Poster presentation. '06
Ann at Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC '05
Ann winning 1st in Zoology (Freshman) at the Jr. Ky Academy of Sciences, 2006.
Ann and the rest of the winners at Jr. KY Academy of Sci.
Ann just after being elected as Secretary for Jr KY Academy of Sciences.
Presenting at Univ of KY's Showcase of Scholars. April 25, 2006

 

500 dollar check !

Ann presenting to judges at the UK- Sci/Eng Fair 2006
4th place at the INTERNATIONAL INTEL fair (2007) in the category of Behavioral Science + $500

Another INTEL adventure (2008) for Ann.

2nd place for Animal Science (International)