Associate Professor Sandra Cooper

NHMRC Career Development Fellow (Level D)
Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead

C29 - Children's Hospital Westmead
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9845 3101
F: +61 2 9845 3078

Research interests

Dr Sandra Cooper leads the Dysferlin and Membrane Repair team within the Institute for Neuoscience and Muscle Research and the Children's Hospital at Westmead. Dr Cooper's main focus is muscular dystrophy; focussing on a new mechanistic pathway in this group of disorders, defective membrane repair. The study of these rare disorders is beginning to lend vital information to what is a basic survival mechanism for cells, relevant to many tissues and pathologies linked with membrane damage (surgery, injury, heart attack, stroke). Her research is closely linked with patients; utilising real-life patient mutations as a key to unlock normal functions through study of disease-causing abnormal behaviour. Her research utilises patient tissue and cell lines, cell biology, physiology and biochemistry.

Current national competitive grants*


Gene Discovery and Functional Studies to Reveal Mechanisms Underlying Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain Disorders.
Christodoulou J, Cooper S
NHMRC Project Grants ($368,510 over 3 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney