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Prof Timothy Cooper

Professor of Molecular Biosciences

School of Natural and Computational Sciences

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Tim works on understanding the dynamics of microbial adaptation. These dynamics determine the ability of microbes to adapt and compete in both benign and stressful environments, like those presented by the use of antibiotics. His work focusses on the genetics of adaptation, especially on how interactions among genetic mutations and the environment influence evolutionary outcomes. 

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biological Adaptation (060303): Biological Sciences (060000): Evolutionary Biology (060300): Genetics (060400): Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500): Molecular Evolution (060409)


Evolutionary biology, Microbiology, Experimental evolution

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 1

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 3 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Huei-Yi Lai - Doctor of Philosophy
    Mechanisms of maintaining antibiotic resistance without antibiotic selection

Co-supervisor of:

  • Danielle Kok - Doctor of Philosophy
    ABAtE: Active Bacteriophages for AFB Eradication
  • Kelly Hong - Doctor of Philosophy
    Antibiotic evolution
  • Marketa Vlkova - Doctor of Philosophy
    Natural variation among E. coli isolates in transriptional responses ans memory

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