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Sharon Cooper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology


Dr. Sharon Cooper completed her B.S. in molecular and cellular biology from Cedarville. During her time at Cedarville, she completed two summer internships: one at Princeton University and the other at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. While at Ohio State for graduate school she studied molecules involved in neural development. The majority of her research focused on one particular gene (protocadherin-19), which is linked to childhood epilepsy.

Why Cedarville: Cedarville creates a great environment for student-faculty interactions, and I enjoy being able to interact with students both inside and outside of the classroom and helping students learn. As I approached the end of my Ph.D. program, God opened the opportunity for me to come back and teach at Cedarville. Through a series of events, God seemed to be leading me here, and I am excited to see how God will use me at Cedarville.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, The Ohio State University 
  • B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cedarville University

Scholarly Works

  • δ-Protocadherin Function: From Molecular Adhesion Properties to Brain Circuitry
  • Examining the Structural Determinants of Protocadherin-19 Function in Brain Morphogenesis and Epilepsy
View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


Board games, crafts, hiking, playing sports (racquetball, basketball, disc golf), and volunteering with children’s programs at our church