Paige Cooper, PhD is the director of Duke BioCoRE. She is responsible for designing innovative and practical programming for both the academic and professional development needs of both the graduate and undergraduate scholars. Dr. Cooper completed her BS in Biochemistry as a MARC scholar at Spelman College. She then went on to complete a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology at Washington University. Her doctoral research focused on determining molecular mechanisms by which genetic mutations in the ATP sensitive potassium (KATP) channel, identified in patients with Cantu Syndrome, altered channel activity. She did her postdoc research at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus which focused on placental nutrient transport to the fetus. Prior to joining BioCoRE, Dr. Cooper helped lead recruitment and evaluation for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), another NIH funded STEM diversity initiative.