Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Chemical Engineering

Karen Coopman

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Dr Karen Coopman BSc PhD

Senior Lecturer and Director of Doctoral Programmes

+44 (0)1509 222513


Karen has had a long-standing interest in healthcare and after obtaining her 1st Class BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology from the University of Bristol (2002) went on to complete a PhD on the expression and role of cannabinoid receptors in T lymphocytes at the University of Bath (2006).  This was followed by a 2 year Research Associate position at the University of Leicester (sponsored by AstraZeneca) where she worked on a project which focused on the molecular pharmacology and cellular signalling of the GLP-1R.

In July 2008 Karen was appointed to a lectureship here at Loughborough, in support of the EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training Centre for Regenerative Medicine and she was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Biological Engineering in 2013.

In addition to leading a research group focused on the manufacture of cell-based therapies, Karen is now the Director of the EPSRC/MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine.



Institute of Leadership and Management

Level 3 award: Leadership and Management


Loughborough University

-Teaching qualification - New Lecturer’s Route, Accredited by the Higher Education Academy (currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)


University of Bath

- Ph.D. Research in Pharmacology – An investigation into the expression and role of cannabinoid receptors in T lymphocytes

Supervisor: Prof. S Ward


 University of Bristol

- B.Sc. (Hons) in Pharmacology: First Class

Current School and Departmental Responsibilities


Module organiser for:

Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine modules - induction, team-building and practical training.         

Contribute to:

Project work including MSc projects, PDP and design



Outline of main research interests 

Karen leads the Cell Technologies Research Group that is based at the Centre for Biological Engineering.  The overarching theme of her research is the manufacture of cellular therapies. Developing scalable systems for stem cell growth and improving methods of cell preservation are the current focus as the group works towards a viable stem cell bioprocess such that clinically relevant cell numbers can be generated whilst ensuring product potency, purity and safety. 

Additional information

External activities:

Outreach and media activities

Karen is a STEM Ambassador and regularly visits schools in the local area to deliver talks on what regenerative medicine is, the manufacture of cell based therapies and careers in biochemical engineering.  In 2015 she also took part in the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories ‘Science Talks’ series.

Full list of publications

View central admin publications database.

Link to Google Scholar 


Contact us

Department of Chemical Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

+44 (0)1509 222 533