Dr. Cynthia Cooper is a cell and developmental biologist. Her lab, located on the WSU Vancouver campus, studies the biology of skin color using model organism zebrafish. Dedicated to supporting underrepresented students in science, she has served on the Diversity Council, co-founded the Black, Brown, Indigenous and People of Color Recruitment Fund and is the faculty advisor for Black People United and African Student Association Clubs.

Affiliate and Adjunct Appointments


  • PhD, Public Health-Pathobiology, University of Washington, 2002

Research Interest

  • Cell biology
  • Developmental biology
  • Pigmentation
  • Zebrafish