Janet Cooper, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology Biology


Office: St. Ignatius Science Center 220 D

Research Interests:

My current research interests encompass the areas of microbiology and cell biology, the two classes I teach at Rockhurst.  In microbiology, I am interested in the actions of antiseptics and disinfectants on bacteria and viruses. Over the past few years, I have had many students examine at the effects of citric acid and sodium lauryl sulfate (chemicals found in anti-viral Kleenex) on bacteriophage infection. Citric acid was effective at preventing the lysis of bacteria. Unfortunately, sodium lauryl sulfate provided some anomalous data that needs to be re-evaluated.  In the next few years, I hope to expand the assay to include other chemicals that may have anti-viral properties, such as zinc chloride.


Additionally, I am in the process of establishing research projects relating to tissue culture and the expression of heat shock proteins in Drosophila S2 cells for students interested in cell biology. These proteins are expressed in response to environmental stresses, such as temperature and chemicals. I am currently in the early stages of this research. The cells have been established in culture and we now can begin studying various stressors and their effects on different heat shock proteins using antibodies to the heat shock proteins and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and western blotting techniques. 

Other Interests: Genealogy and tennis