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Jeffrey Copeland

DEPARTMENT: Biology Dept

POSITION: Associate Professor

DEPARTMENT: MS in Biomedicine

POSITION: Assistant Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | AN 202

PHONE: (540) 432-4625

EMAIL: jeffrey.copeland@emu.edu

Dr. Jeffrey Copeland has been at EMU since 2009 and teaches courses in genetics, cell biology, microbiology and immunology. Jeff 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 research interests include probing the genetics determinants in the aging process, the role of the mitochondria in hyperoxic resistance, and the genetic basis for multidrug resistance in E. coli. While not at work, Jeff spends his time at home with his wife, his three daughters, biking and gardening.


BA, University of Virginia
PHD, California Institute of Technology


Keppley, LJW, Nafziger, AJ, Liu, Y, Hirsh, J, and Copeland JM. RNAi Targeting of the respiratory chain affects Drosophila life span depending on neuronal subtype. 2018. BIOS, 89, 35-44.

Shin, M, Copeland JM, Venton, BJ. Drosophila as a model system for neurotransmitter studies. 2018. ACS Chem Neurosci, 9, 1872-1883.

Cormier, DT, Berry, AB, Rhodes, MF, Copeland JM. What makes humans human?: a review of important genetic differences between chimpanzees and humans. 2017. JofSR, 2, 1-6.

Reesor, MJ, King, IJ, Copeland JM. Development of a tetracycline resistant strain of E. coli sensitive to ultraviolet radiation. 2014. JofSR, 3, 63-68.

Copeland JM, Cho J, Lo T Jr, Hur JH, Bahadorani S, Arabyan T, Rabie J, Soh J, Walker DW. Extension of Drosophila lifespan 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. 150, 69-76.

Privman, E, Donelson, N, Pyakurel, P, Wolin, D, Ostendor, L, Denno, M, Borman, R, Burke, C, Copeland, JM, Sanyal, S, Venton, BJ. RING finger protein (RNF11) modulates dopamine release in Drosophila. manuscript in preparation.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • “Aging genes and electrochemistry of the Drosophila brain”, Suter Science Seminar, Harrisonburg, VA, November 2018.
  • 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.