Marion Cooley

Assistant Professor

Marion Cooley

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Oral Biology


Dr. Cooley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Biology at Augusta University in GA. She received her PhD from the University of South Carolina where she studied fidelity of eukaryotic DNA polymerases. She went on to do her postdoctoral work in the field of cell adhesion both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). While at MUSC she began her independent research program studying how the extracellular matrix (ECM) regulates bone formation and bone repair. She continues this research at Augusta University and has also extended her research interests to include the role of the ECM in vascular stability and remodeling.

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  • BS, Biology/Biological Sciences, G University Of South Carolina -, 1996

  • Ph.D., Biology/Biological Sciences, G University Of South Carolina -, 1996

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • OBMP 5001

    Bioclinical Seminar I
  • SPDS 5001

    Special Dental Studies
  • OBMP 9010

    Grad Oral Bio Seminar
  • OBPR 9010

    Graduate Oral Biology Seminar
  • OBMP 5002

    Bioclinical Seminar II
  • OBPR 9100

    Journal Club in Oral Biology

Teaching Interests

Bone Biology Physiology Molecular and Cellular Biology Biochemistry Extracellular Matrix Biology


Selected Recent Publications

  • Airway remodelling and inflammation in asthma are dependent on the extracellular matrix protein fibulin-1c., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Fibulin-1 regulates the pathogenesis of tissue remodeling in respiratory diseases., 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Fibulin-1 suppresses endothelial to mesenchymal transition in the proximal outflow tract., 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Fibulin-1 is required for bone formation and Bmp-2-mediated induction of Osterix., 2014
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Cellularized microcarriers as adhesive building blocks for fabrication of tubular tissue constructs., 2014
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a three-dimensional network of molecules that induces cellular behaviors such as adhesion, migration, proliferation and differentiation. My research interest is to understand mechanistically how the ECM induces these cellular behaviors during development and disease progression.