Dr. Robert F. Cooper

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Dr. Robert F. CooperMarquette University

Cramer Annex, 160C

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

Assistant Professor

Joint Department of 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

Courses Taught

BIEN 3200 Computer Applications in Biomedical EngineeringDesign and implementation of computer techniques for the acquisition and analysis of biomedical data and the modeling of physiologic phenomena

BIEN 3310 Control Systems for Biomedical Engineering—An introduction to the principles of control systems theory for biomedical engineers

BIEN 4280 Biocomputers Design Lab 1Software design and validation, microprocessors, computer architecture, real-time computing, embedded software, graphical user interface and networking

BIEN 4290 Biocomputers Design Lab 2Continuation of BIEN 4280 with emphasis on high performance computing in workstation environments




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

Recent Publications



  • Buckland E. (Co-Principal Investigator), Carroll J. (Co-Principal Investigator), Cooper RF (Co-Investigator); “Validating Automated Photoreceptor Analytics Software for Degenerative Eye Disease Research and Biopharma Clinical Trials.”  R44EY031278-01 and R44EY031278-02, sponsored by National Institutes of Health—National Eye Institute (03/01/2020–02/28/2022).  Major goal: To extend the functionality of MOSAIC as a commercial-ready, efficient and user-friendly photoreceptor analysis software for quantifying AO images.
  • Connor (Principal Investigator), Cooper RF (Co-Principal Investigator); “Assessing Function at a Cellular Scale in Patients with Inherited Retinal Degenerations.” Traditional Pilot Award sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (08/01/2020–07/31/2021). Major goal: To translate a nascent cellular-scale functional assay to a clinical environment.
  • Cooper, RF (Principal Investigator); “Assessing the Function of Individual Cells in Patients with Inherited Retinal Degenerative Disease.” CC-CL-0620-0785-MRQ sponsored by the Foundation Fighting Blindness (06/30/202006/29/2023). Major goal: To enhance and explore the functional signal from individual cells in patients with degenerative diseases.

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