Eastern Mennonite University

Jeffrey Copeland

Jeffrey Copeland

Office Phone: (540) 432-4625


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: n/a

Assistant Professor

Biology Dept and MA in Biomedicine

Dr. Jeffrey Copeland has been at EMU since 2009 and has taught courses in genetics, cell biology, microbiology, nutrition, and immunology. Previously Jeff lived in Los Angeles where he earned his PhD in Biology from the California Institute of Technology and completed his post-doctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles. His current research interests are an expansion from his post-doctoral work, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a tool to understand the genes important for the aging process. While not at work, Jeff spends his time at home with his wife, three daughters and garden.


Ph.D. in Biology
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
Research Advisor – Bruce Hay

B.A. in Biology
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

  • Copeland, JM, Cho J, Lo T Jr, Hur JH, Bahadorani S, Arabyan T, Rabie J, Soh J, Walker DW. Extension of Drosophila life span by RNAi of the mitochondrial respiratory chain. 2009 Curr Biol. 19:1591-8.
  • Ribaya JP, Ranmuthu M, Copeland J, Boyarskiy S, Blair AP, Hay B, Laski FA. The deubiquitinase emperor’s thumb is a regulator of apoptosis in Drosophila. 2009 Dev Biol. 329:25-35.
  • Copeland JM, Bosdet I, Freeman JD, Guo M, Gorski SM, Hay BA. echinus, required for interommatidial cell sorting and cell death in the Drosophila pupal retina, encodes a protein with homology to ubiquitin-specific proteases. 2007 BMC Dev Biol. 7:82.
  • Vernooy SY, Copeland J, Ghaboosi N, Griffin EE, Yoo SJ, Hay BA. Cell death regulation in Drosophila: conservation of mechanism and unique insights. 2000 J Cell Biol 24;150. Review.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
  • A Drosophila Mutant Resistant to Oxidative Stress, Virginia Academy of Science, Norfolk State University, May 2012
  • “The Genetics Behind the Aging Process”, Suter Science Seminar, Harrisonburg, VA, January, 2011.
Professional Conferences Attended
  • Virginia Academy of Science, Norfolk State University, May 2012
  • JMU May Symposium, Teaching Gateway Courses Institute, James Madison University, May, 2011.
  • NSF-CCLI Annual Microarray Workshop, James Madison University, July, 2010.
New Courses Taught
  • Research Topics, Bio355, Spring 2012
  • Advanced Cell Biology, Bioch398, Fall 2010.
  • Molecular Genetics, Bioch438, Spring 2010.
  • Molecules, Genes, and Cells, Bio225, Spring 2010.
  • Biological Explorations, Bio101, Spring 2010.
  • Microbiology, Bio202, Fall 2009.
  • Immunology, Bio337, Fall 2009.
  • Nutrition Fundamentals, Bio202, Fall 2009.
EMU Service
  • Preprofessional Health Sciences Committee
  • Advisor to MA in Biomedicine program
  • Institutional Review Board, Chair
  • Taskforce for Distance Learning and Classroom Technology