Dr. Christina Cooper

Associate Professor of Science
Chair; Math, Science, & Exercise Science Department




  • B.A. Biology – Anderson University
  • M.A. Virology – Indiana University
  • Ph.D. Science Education – Indiana University


Dr. Cooper joined the Corban faculty in 2015 just after completing her doctoral degree in science education. She had previously taught biology for two years at Ivy Tech Community College and worked as a research associate in a virology lab. She was also an assistant instructor while working on her graduate degrees. Currently, she teaches Life Science, Medical Microbiology, Genetics, Virology and Immunology, Scientific Research Experience, and Introductory/Advanced Literature Review.

Recent Publications

Maltese, A. V., & Cooper, C. S. (2017). STEM pathways: Do men and women differ in why they enter and exit? AERA Open, 3(3), 1-16. doi: 10.1177/2332858417727276

Kum, D.-Y., Nazari, M., McPhail, K. L., Cooper, C. S., & Suyama, T. L. (2017). Two-step total synthesis of an anti-MRSA and myosin-inhibiting marine natural product pentabromopseudilin via Suzuki-Miyaura coupling of a MIDA boronate ester. Tetrahedron Letters, 58(34), 3374-3376.


Christina married her husband Gary in 2014, and they have two children, Penelope and Trey. They enjoy mountain biking, the Oregon coast, discovering delicious new places to eat, and getting involved in children’s ministry at church. Christina also loves do-it-yourself activities, including scrapbooking, sewing, and crocheting.

Why Corban

“I am excited to be teaching at Corban because of its Christian community and focus on exemplary teaching. Corban is perfect for fostering deep learning in a Christian atmosphere.”