Faculty Bio

Leroy Cooper

Assistant Professor of Biology

Research Interests

Cardiovascular Physiology and Epidemiology; Vascular Stiffness; Microvascular Function; Cerebrovascular Disease; Aging; Health Disparities; and Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia

Summary: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. Increased arterial stiffening and abnormal vascular hemodynamics with advancing age are associated with increased CVD related events including death. In light of a rapid aging of the world population, the burden of CVD, and its associated disorders, will increase substantially over the next years. As such, novel therapeutic and preventative measures are necessary to limit or reduce aortic stiffening with advancing age. Using a population-based approach, my research seeks to examine the associations of vascular hemodynamic load with CVD in order to elucidate potential targets for treatment and prevention.

Teaching Interests

Physiology; Public Health; Epidemiology; Cardiovascular Physiology; and Cell and Molecular Physiology

Courses: BIOL 106 Introduction to Biological Investigation; BIOL 281 Epidemiology; BIOL 389 Cardiovascular Physiology and Epidemiology; and STS 268 Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health