Max D. Cooper, M.D.

Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Max D. Cooper is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Developmental Immunology, as well as a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Emory Vaccine Center at Emory University.

Dr. Cooper was the first to discover that a unique type of adaptive immune system exists in some vertebrates, such as ancient fish, that is quite different from our own. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, previously served as the president of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), and was awarded the AAI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. His current work focuses on how the adaptive immune system develops as well as characterizing the Fc receptor-like molecules on B cells.

Dr. Cooper is a member of CRI’s Scientific Advisory Council.

My laboratory pursues ontogenetic and phylogenetic studies of the adaptive immune system in parallel with the analysis of immunological diseases in humans. Current projects include the role of immunoglobulin and non-immunoglobulin genes in B cell development, and the evolution of adaptive immune systems in vertebrates.
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