RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is pleased to announce that Dr. Paige Cooper joined BWF as a Program Officer on November 30, 2021. Dr. Cooper will oversee the Biomedical Sciences and Reproductive Sciences programs that invest a combined $8 million a year in biomedical research.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Cooper join the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, said BWF President and CEO Dr. Lou Muglia. “Her expertise in biomedical sciences and academic programming is valuable to our investment in early career scientists.”
Dr. Cooper was previously the director of Duke University’s BioCoRE, where she was responsible for designing innovative and practical programming for both the academic and professional development needs of both the graduate and undergraduate scholars. Prior to joining BioCoRE, Dr. Cooper helped lead recruitment and evaluation for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), a NIH funded STEM diversity initiative.
“I am thrilled to join BWF. I resonate with its commitment to funding career development initiatives for scientists and research in new and underfunded areas,” said Dr. Paige Cooper. “I am grateful for the opportunity to join the team and to work together to further knowledge in emerging scientific spaces and to support the amazing scientists who make it happen.”
Dr. Cooper completed her BS in Biochemistry as a MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) scholar at Spelman College and PhD in Molecular Cell Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. Her doctoral research focused on determining molecular mechanisms by which genetic mutations in the ATP sensitive potassium (KATP) channel, identified in patients with Cantu Syndrome, alter channel activity. She completed her postdoctoral research which focused on placental nutrient transport to the fetus at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus.
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