Lynn Cooley is designated the C.N.H. Long Professor
Lynn Cooley, the newly named C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics, is an authority on oogenesis (egg development). She studies the cellular mechanisms of egg development using Drosophila (the fruit fly) as a model system.
Her research focuses on understanding how maternal components are made and delivered to eggs during Drosophila oogenesis. She and her laboratory team study the formation of eggs, the chambers in which eggs form, the flow of information and nutrients from nurse cells to oocytes, changes in the cytoskeleton during egg development and the role of muscle tissue in the progression of developing egg chambers. Cooley’s research on egg development in Drosophila is relevant to female fertility in animals, including humans.
Cooley is director of the Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences and has been a professor of genetics and of cell biology. She earned her B.A. at Connecticut College and her Ph.D. at the University of Texas-Austin. She worked for a period, and later conducted her dissertation research, in the Yale laboratory of Dieter G. Söll, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She began her research on oogenesis during a postdoctoral fellowship at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
The Yale scientist has served on the scientific advisory board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the North American Drosophila board of directors and as a member of the National Institutes of Health Development-1 Study Section. Her honors include the Pew Scholar Award from Pew Charitable Trusts.