Rory passed his PhD viva. Congratulations Dr. Cooper! Rory will now go on to work at the University of Geneva in the laboratory of Michel Milinkovitch, studying skin appendages in Reptiles.
Rory's work on Skin Denticles in Sharks was featured on the BBC Four documentary series 'Secrets of Skin'. December 15th - 20th 2019.
In collaboration with Keith Hunter, at the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, we compared stem markers in shark tooth regeneration with both rested lamina and ameloblastoma in humans. The first direct comparison between shark and human dental tissues.
Rory gave a fantastic talk at the Pan-am evodevo meeting in miami and his paper on the topic was published two weeks later in evodevo!
New papers accepted in PNAS and Evodevo this week! and our pufferfish spine paper is now out in iscience.
How the Pufferfish got its wacky spines
Rory has a new article featured in the Shark Trust Magazine "Shark Focus"- the evolution of shark skin
Rory's interview with Fins United initiative on his shark skin denticle work was featured in forbes magazine online!
Rory made an appearance on the BBC Radio 4 show "Inside Science" to discuss his new paper on Turing patterning of shark skin denticles!