Denise Ratzlaff Cooper, PhD

Denise Ratzlaff Cooper, PhD

Title: Scientist; Professor
Company: J.A. Haley Veterans’; University of South Florida
Location: Tampa, Florida, United States

Denise Ratzlaff Cooper, PhD, Research Scientist at J.A. Haley Veterans Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical education and research.

Dr. Cooper has excelled in the field of medical research as a scientist and educator for more than 40 years. In education, she has prospered as a lecturer in the  Department of Life Sciences of the University of Missouri-Rolla, now Missouri University of Science and Technology, from 1973 to 1974 and as a senior research assistant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City from 1977 to 1978. With the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Ms. Cooper has imparted her knowledge as an assistant professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology from 1992 to 1995, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology from 1995 to 1997, associate professor in internal medicine from 1997 to 2000 and professor of molecular medicine from 2000 to the present.

As a scientist and researcher, Dr. Cooper has served as a senior chemist with Hazleton Labs America, one of the world’s largest biological testing services, from 1974 to 1977 and a research scientist with James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa since 1985 and with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute since 2002. In addition, she is a founding member of the University of South Florida’s chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, and an organizer of the Endocrine Society Annual Meetings.

Dr. Cooper obtained a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, in 1972 and followed with a Master of Science in 1981 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1983 in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. She served pre-doctoral fellowships with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) from 1978 to 1982 and 1982 to 1983 and post-doctoral coursework with OMRF from 1983 to 1985 and with the University of South Florida in Tampa from 1983 to 1985.

With Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Dr. Cooper serves as chair of the radiation safety and research and development committees. In addition, she has thrived as a visiting scientist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in California and a grants reviewer for the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other foundations.

Dr. Cooper’s honors include Research Mentor of the Year from McNair Scholars and awards from the  American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. Among her memberships is the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Endocrine Society and American Diabetes Association.

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