Timothy Cope, Ph.D., chair and professor, Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology, and director of the WSU & PHP Neuroscience Institute, has been named the Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research at Wright State University. Named after Wright State’s first president, the award recognizes outstanding research by a Wright State faculty member. The title Distinguished Professor of Research is a special rank awarded by the Board of Trustees to a faculty member who has produced a significant body of work in scholarship, research or the creative arts, which brings distinction to the university and national or international recognition to the faculty member.
Cope has served as chair of the Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology since November 2004. He was instrumental in the creation of the Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute, created in 2010 as a partnership between the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine and Premier Health Partners.
He came to Wright State from Emory University School of Medicine, where he served as professor in the Department of Physiology and as an active member of the neuroscience program.
Less than two years after Cope’s arrival at Wright State, the university’s neuroscience researchers successfully competed for funding as a National Institutes of Health Program Project, with Cope as catalyst and director.
“Tim has succeeded in leading neuroscience research at Wright State to unprecedented heights and to national prominence,” said Robert Fyffe, Ph.D., University Professor and associate dean for research affairs in the Boonshoft School of Medicine. “As department chair and academic leader, he has created an environment in which not just his own research program, but those of faculty throughout his department and across college boundaries, can thrive.”
Cope is a rigorous researcher and scientist with a sustained track record of productivity and achievements in the fields of motor control, sensory feedback and nerve injury. His publications have frequently challenged long-held views and opened new areas of investigation. He is also a dedicated educator who engages his students in research and supports and assists his fellow faculty in their research programs.
Cope’s spirit of cooperation has drawn leading scientists from universities such as Case Western Reserve and Georgia Tech to visit Cope’s Wright State lab and collaborate in research with him.
Cope earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in kinesiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in physiology at Duke University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in physiology and biophysics at the University of Washington, and served as a research associate for the Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.