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Dr. Robert F. Cooper

Dr. Robert F. Cooper
Dr. Robert F. CooperMarquette University

Cramer Annex, 160C

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-5205Google Scholar
Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Engineering


Ocular & Computer Vision Laboratory (OCVL)

Professional Preparation

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015–2019, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D., 2016, Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University
  • B.S., 2009, Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University

Research Interests

  • Measuring photoreceptor mosaic structure and function using advanced noninvasive techniques
  • Development of image processing and automated analysis tools
  • Clinical imaging for studying the etiology of retinal disease

Selected Recent Publications

Ammar MJ, Scavelli KT, Uyhazi KE, Bedoukian EC, Serrano LW, Edelstein ID, Vergilio GK, Cooper RF, Morgan JIW, Kumar P, Aleman TS. “Enhanced S-cone syndrome: Visual function, cross-sectional imaging, and cellular structure with adaptive optics ophthalmoscopy” Retinal Cases Brief Rep.

Jackson K, Vergilio GK, Cooper RF, Ying GS, Morgan JIW. “A 2-Year longitudinal study of normal cone photoreceptor density” Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019 60(5): 14201430.

Young JB, Godara P, Williams V, Summerfelt P, Connor TB, Tarima S, Visotcky A, Cooper RF, Blindauer K, Carroll JC. “Assessing retinal structure in patients with Parkinson’s disease” J Neurol Neurophysiol. 2019 10(1).

Tuten WS, Cooper RF, Tiruveedhula P, Dubra A, Roorda A, Cottaris NP, Brainard DH, Morgan JIW. “Spatial summation in the human fovea: Do normal optical aberrations and fixational eye movements have an effect?” J Vis. 2018 18(8): 6.

Morgan JIW, Vergilio GK, Hsu J, Dubra A, Cooper RF. “The reliability of cone density measurements in the presence of rods.” Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2018 7(3): 21.


  • Cooper, Robert (Principal Investigator). “Assessing the Function of Individual Cells in Patients with Inherited Retinal Degenerative Disease.”  Sponsored by the Foundation Fighting Blindness (July 1, 2020–June 29, 2023).  
  • Cooper, Robert (Co-Principal Investigator), Conner, Thomas (Co-Principal Investigator).   “Assessing Function at a Cellular Scale in Patients with Inherited Retinal Degenerations.”  Sponsored by the Medical College of Wisconsin CTSI (2020).  
  • Cooper, Robert (Principal Investigator). “Validating Automated Photoreceptor Analytics Software for Degenerative Eye Disease Research and Biopharma Clinical Trials.”  Sponsored by the NIH and Translational Imaging Innovations, Inc. (March 1, 2020–February 28, 2021).  

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