Michael Cooper is a 2014-2018 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the KU Medical Center. He received a B.S. (2011) in exercise science from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, and a M.S.E. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Kansas. Cooper has always been extremely motivated to work with patients to try to improve their quality of life in any way possible. Prior to graduate school he saw the benefit of physical activity and the wide array of diseases it could be utilized in. This drove him to pursue a career of research to work to find new ways in which this emerging field could be used to help more people every day. During his masters, he realized that utilizing exercise in disease states was the area he wanted to devote his life to. Currently his Ph.D. research is examining the mechanism by which physical activity and dietary interventions are able to contribute to the alleviation of pain associated with diabetic neuropathy. Cooper hopes his future research will be able to drive wide spread new mechanisms by which diet and exercise can be clinically applied in conjunction with a wide array of disease to help benefit patients in means not yet achieved by pharmacological means. Additionally, he hopes to discover new aspects of exercise, which can be replicated through pharmacological means to help those unable or too advanced in their diseases to, utilized the global benefits of physical activity.
Mentor: Douglas E. Wright, Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, KUMC