Christy Cooper, M.S.

Research Interests: Bioanalytical chemistry, protein-polymer interactions, proteomics, molecular biology, mammalian tissue culture, high performance liquid chromatography, electrospray mass spectrometry

Curriculum Vitae:

Christy L. Cooper

Bindley Bioscience Center, 1203 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 496-2674,


Master of Science in Chemistry

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Degree conferred August 2005, GPA 3.3

Thesis advisor/ topic: Paul Dubin/ Polyelectrolyte-Protein Charge Pattern Recognition


Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry

Olivet College, Olivet, MI

Degree conferred August 2001, GPA 3.9

Work Experience

Oct 05-present   Laboratory Technician VII- Purdue University

   West Lafayette, IN


*Perform mammalian cell and tissue culture and maintain cell lines

*Design polymer-based nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery


Jan 05-Aug 05   Research Assistant- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

   Indianapolis, IN     


*Utilized titrimetry, electrophoresis, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, and chromatography techniques to study polyelectrolyte-protein interaction

*Collaborated with colleagues to prepare technical reports and manuscripts; prepared and presented research seminars to colleagues


Aug 03-Dec 04,   Teaching Assistant- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

June-Dec 01   Indianapolis, IN


*Lectured general chemistry laboratory courses for first- year majors  

*Distributed and graded assigned materials


Jan 02-Aug 03     Co-op Analytical Chemist- Eli Lilly and Company

       Indianapolis, IN 


*Performed tandem high performance liquid chromatography-electrospray mass spectrometry (HPLC-ESI-MS) analysis of peptides

*Programmed automated liquid handling equipment to assay peptides expressed in E. coli fermentation broths


May 00-Aug 00   Research Assistant-Texas A&M University

       College Station, TX—National Science Foundation-Research

       Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU)


*Prepared starting materials toward the total synthesis of the marine-derived natural product ageliferin and scaled up reactions for large-scale organic synthesis

* Performed analytical methods, including NMR spectroscopy and thin-layer chromatography (TLC)

*Purified compounds using flash column chromatography


Cooper, C.L., Dubin, P.L., Kayitmazer, A.B., and S. Turksen, “Polyelectrolyte-Protein Complexes”, Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science, 10 (1-2):52-78 (2005)


Cooper, Christy L., Goulding, Ann, Kayitmazer, A. Basak, Stoll, Serge, Turksen, Sibel, Kumar, Anil, and Paul L. Dubin, “Effects of Polyelectrolyte Chain Stiffness, Charge Mobility, and Charge Sequences on Binding to Proteins and Micelles”, Biomacromolecules, 2006, accepted


Christy L. Cooper, A. Basak Kayitmazer, and Paul L. Dubin, “Ionic Strength and pH Dependence of the Binding of Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) to Random Copolymers of Acrylamidomethylpropane sulfonate (AMPS) and Acrylamide (AAM)”, American Chemical Society 2004 Indiana Local Section Poster Session, Greencastle, IN


Christy L. Cooper, A. Basak Kayitmazer, and Paul L. Dubin, “Charge Pattern Recognition in Polyelectrolyte-Protein Interaction”, Sigma Xi 2005 Graduate Research Competition, Indianapolis, IN