Dr. Peter Coppinger is a specialist in plant biology. His research led to the discovery of a new species of bacteria, using a technique that he developed while working with student researchers. He also works closely with students as an organizer of the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration and was featured in Campus Technology magazine for his use of interactive software in the classroom. Dr. Coppinger enjoys making science accessible to all people and has been featured on local television station’s “Clearing Up The Science” segments, explaining science concepts found in everyday life.

Teaching Interests

  • Genetics
  • Plant biology
  • Applied microbiology
  • Cell structure and function
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology

Research Interests

  • Plant and microbial biology
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Molecular identification of Asters Yellow-like phytoplasma in variegated Trillium grandiflorum
  • Public science education
  • Botany

Awards & Honors

  • Fulbright Fellow, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1999-2000


  • PhD, University of California-Berkeley, Plant Biology, 2005
  • BA, Kalamazoo College, Biology, 1999
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