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Synaptic Transmission and Neuromodulation
My primary research interest is to understand the detailed mechanisms of synaptic differentiation among neurons and those mechanisms employed between neurons and muscle cells. The nerve cell is chemically integrated with other cells at morphologically-identified locations called synapses. The characteristics of the synapse are affected by its activity level which modulates long-term alterations in both synaptic structure and performance. Neuromodulators that are endogenously released either enhance or suppress synaptic efficacy, in turn affecting the behavioral state of an animal. Neuromodulators affect cellular process by various intracellular messenger cascades that are dependent on the type of neuromodulator and its associated receptor. Such changes are believed to play a role in learning and memory, as well as in the behavioral state of an animal.
1. 2013. Kentucky Department of Education. MUSE - modeling for understanding in science and engineering. Kentucky’s Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) 2013. Kentucky Department of Education $140,000 for year 1 (January, 2013 to September 30, 2013) and at $195,000 for the second year (October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014), with a possible third year (at $97,500). PI. is Kimberly Zeidler-Watters, Partnership Inst. for Math and Science. CO-PI Robin Cooper.
2. KY Department of Education. Start 10/01/12 End 09/30/13. Science Leadership Support Network - Central Region Year 3. # 3048109915. PI. is Kimberly Zeidler-Watters, Partnership Inst. for Math and Science. CO-PI Robin Cooper. Total $97,500.
3. KY Department of Education. Start 10/01/12 End 09/30/13. Science Leadership Support Network – Eastern Region Year 3. # 3048109914. PI. is Kimberly Zeidler-Watters, Partnership Inst. for Math and Science. Only one CO-PI Robin Cooper. Total $97,500.
2007-2012. CHIEF EDITOR for International Journal of Zoological Research
2012-present. CHIEF EDITOR for Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
106. Wu, W.-H. and Cooper, R.L. (2012) The regulation and packaging of synaptic vesicles as related to recruitment within glutamatergic synapses. Neuroscience 225:185–198.
107. Wu, W.-H. and Cooper, R.L. (2012) Role of serotonin in the regulation of synaptic transmission in invertebrate NMJs. Experimental Neurobiology 21(3):101-112.
108. Holsinger, R.C., and Cooper, R.L. (2012). Effect of Environment and Modulators on Hindgut and Heart Function in Invertebrates: Crustaceans and Drosophila. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Volume 33 (K. McMahon, Editor). Proceedings of the 33rd Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 366 pages.http://www.ableweb.org/volumes/vol-33/v33reprint.php?ch=7
109. Chung,Y-S. Cooper, R.M., Graff, J. and Cooper, R.L. (2012) The acute and chronic effect of low temperature on survival, heart rate and neural function in crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) and prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) species. Open Journal of Molecular and Integrative Physiology 2:75-86.
110. Bierbower, S.M., Shuranova, Z. P., Viele, K. and Cooper, R.L. (2013) Comparative study of environmental factors influencing motor task learning and memory retention in sighted and blind crayfish. Brain and Behavior 3 (1) 4-13.
111. Becnel, J., Johnson, O., Majeed, Z.R., Tran, V., Yu, B., Roth, B.L., Cooper, R.L. and Nichols, C.D. (2013) A pharmocogenetic approach for robustly controlling behavior, neuronal signaling, and physiology in Drosophila. (In Revision).
112. Wu, W.-H. and Cooper, R.L. (2013) Physiological separation of vesicle pools in low- and high-output nerve terminals. In Press, Neuroscience Research (5 yr impact factor 2.376). pubmed click link
113. Bierbower, S.M. and Cooper, R.L. (2013) The mechanistic action of carbon dioxide on a neural circuit and NMJ communication . (In Press, Journal of Experimental Zoology).
114. Bierbower, S.M., Nadolski, J. and Cooper, R.L. (2013) Sensory systems and environmental change on behavior during social interactions. International Journal of Zoology. Vol: 2013, Article ID 573802, 16 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/573802
115. Titlow, J., Majeed, Z.R., Hartman, H.B., Burns, E., and Cooper, R.L. (2013) Neural Circuit Recording from an Intact Cockroach Nervous System. In Press for Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Professional movie and peer reviewed manuscript.
116. Titlow, J., Majeed, Z.R., Nicholls, J.G. and Cooper, R.L. (2013) Identifiable neurons in the central nervous system of a leech via electrophysiology and morphology, sensory field maps in skin and synapse formation in culture: Student laboratory exercises. In Press for Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Professional movie and peer reviewed manuscript.
117. Majeed, Z.R., Titlow, J., Hartman, H.B. and Cooper, R.L. (2013) Proprioception and tension receptors in crab limbs: Student laboratory exercises. In Press for Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Professional movie and peer reviewed manuscript.
118. Titlow, J.S., Rufer, J., King, K., and Cooper, R.L. (2013) Pharmacological analysis of dopamine modulation in the larval Drosophila heart. (In Review).