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Cooper Battle

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Olin Science Center 317
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


  • Ph.D., Tulane University
  • B.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Professional Interests

I’m a biochemist, and my research group focuses on studying non-covalent assembly to better design fluorescent sensors that mimic the high sensitivity and responsiveness of cellular machinery. Our work falls into two main projects based on different types of biomolecules. The first project looks at developing a better understanding of higher-order nucleic acid folding to build “DNA nano-machines” that use conformational changes to detect RNA inside live cells. Long-term, this project aims to develop inexpensive durable sensors for the early detection of cancer through detecting oncogenic micro-RNA. The second project looks at synthesizing novel organic dyes and looking at changes in behavior when they are encapsulated in supramolecular hosts to better understand the function of fluorescent proteins. Long term, this project aims to develop sensors for drug encapsulation. 

Personal Interests

Biking, boating, woodworking, metalworking, cooking and reading. For the latter, come check out my in-office lending library of science fiction & fantasy books!



Schmidt, E.; Vik, R.; Brubaker, B.; Abdulahad, D.; Monjure, T.; Battle, C.H.; Jayawickramarajah, J. Increasing Student Interest and Self-Efficacy in STEM by Offering a Service-Learning Chemistry Course in New Orleans. J. Chem. Ed. 2020 (Article ASAP).

Aryal, G.*; Battle, C. H.*; Grusenmeyer, T.; Zhu, M.; Jayawickramarajah, J. A Napthalimide Derived Fluorescence Sensor for Solid-Phase Screening of Cucurbit[7]uril-Guest Interactions. Chem. Comm. 2016 52, 2307-2310.*These authors contributed equally to this work DOI:10.1039/C5CC08350H

Chu, X.; Battle, C.; Zhang, N.; Aryal, G. H.; Madhusoodanan, M.; Jayawickramarajah, J. A Bile acid conjugated DNA chimera that conditionally inhibits carbonic anhydrase-II in the presence of microRNA-21. Bioconjugate Chem. 2015, 26 (8), 1606-1612. 

Su, X.; Kuang, L.; Battle, C.; Shaner, T.; Mitchell, B. S.; Fink, M. J.; Jayawickramarajah, J., Mild Two-Step Method to Construct DNA-Conjugated Silicon Nanoparticles: Scaffolds for the Detection of MicroRNA-21. Bioconjugate Chem. 2014, 25 (10), 1739–1743. 

Battle, C. H.; Chu, X.; Jayawickramarajah, J., Oligonucleotide-Based Systems for Input-Controlled and Non-Covalently Regulated Protein-Binding. Supramolecular Chemistry. 2013, 25 (12), 848-862. DOI:10.1080/10610278.2013.810337

Battle, C. H.; Jayawickramarajah, J., Supramolecular Approaches for Inhibition of Protein-Protein and Protein/DNA Interactions. In Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials, Steed, J. W.; Gale, P. A., Eds. John Wiley and Sons: 2012; Vol. 4, pp 1885-1908. 

Mishur, R. J.; Griffin, M. E.; Battle, C. H.; Shan, B.; Jayawickramarajah, J., Molecular recognition and enhancement of aqueous solubility and bioactivity of CD437 by [beta]-cyclodextrin. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2011, 21 (2), 857-860. 

Willamette University

Department of Chemistry

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6013 voice
503-375-5425 fax