Dr Gordon Cooper

Gordon Cooper

Senior University Teacher and Examinations Officer
Department of Biomedical Science
The University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom

Room: B2 222a Alfred Denny building
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 4667
Email: g.j.cooper@sheffield.ac.uk


Brief career history

  • 2019 - Present: Senior University Teacher and Examination Officer, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield
  • 2014 - 2019: Senior Lecturer and Examination Officer, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield
  • 2002-2014: Lecturer, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield
  • 2000-02: Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield
  • 1999-00: Research Associate - School of Biological Science, University of Manchester
  • 1996-99: Postdoctoral Fellow - Dept. Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Yale University, New Haven, Ct, USA
  • 1993-96: Research Associate - Dept. Physiology, University of Leeds
  • 1990-93: Ph.D. - University of Leeds
  • 1987-90: B.Sc. Physiology (Hons) - University of Leeds

Research interests

Transport of gases and urea by membrane proteins. Function of renal potassium channels.

Professional activities

  • Fellow of the Physiological Society
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Invited Speaking. September 2013 - Invited speaker at Symposium on Mammalian Urea Transporters held at University College in Dublin.

Full publications


Epithelial Transport and the movement of small solutes across biological membranes

The underlying theme to my research has been the transport of small solutes and ions across biological membranes, in particular within the kidney and other epithelia. The regulated transport of small solutes such as urea and carbon dioxide plays a critical role in whole body homeostasis.

In classifying my current research I would split it into two major themes. Firstly is the transport of water and gases across biological membranes via Aquaporins. This theme incorporates collaborations with Walter Boron (Case Western) and Gordon Cramb (St Andrews). The second theme focuses on the handling of urea by the kidney, a process critical in the ability of the body to concentrate urine. This process of renal urea handling also has implications in the regulation of blood pressure.  This theme involves collaborations with Craig Smith (Manchester) and Gavin Stewart (Dublin).

Over the last few years I have been actively involved in the redevelopment of the delivery of Physiology practical classes within the University. As part of a Physiological Society funded project I have co-ordinated the production of an online teaching resource that has facilitated the delivery of undergraduate practical sessions.

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  • The Physiological Society - David Jordan Teaching Grant
  • NERC
  • Kidney Research UK.

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules


  • BMS109-108 Physiology with Pharmacology
  • BMS109 Lab Skills & Skills Sessions
  • BMS109 Introduction to Organ Systems
  • BMS221 Physiology at the Extreme
  • BMS242/43 Career Development Skills (Coordinator)
  • BMS242/243 Core Phys Pharm
  • BMS242, 244 CVS Respiratory
  • BMS311 The Kidney in Health & Disease
  • BMS346 Epithelial Physiology in Health and Disease
  • BMS316 Group Research Initiatives (Coordinator)
  • Level 3 Practical and Dissertation Modules

Masters (MSc):

  • BMS6063 Epithelial Physiology in Health and Disease

Selected publications

Journal articles