Marion Cooley

Assistant Professor

Marion Cooley

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Oral Biology and Diagnostic Sciences


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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  • Ph.D., Biology/Biological Sciences, General University of South Carolina -, 1996

  • BS, Biology/Biological Sciences, General University of South Carolina -, 1986

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BMCD 5201

    Craniofacial Development
  • OBMP 9010

    Grad Oral Bio Seminar
  • OBMP 8004

    Topics in Oral Biology 4
  • OBPR 8004

    Topics in Oral Biology IV
  • BMBS 5302

    Bioclinical Seminar II
  • BMFN 5101

    Biomedical Foundations I
  • BMMS 5301

    Integ & Musculo Sys I
  • BMOM 5101

    Intro to the Oral Microenviro
  • OBMP 9100

    Journal Club in Oral Biology
  • OBMP 9300


Teaching Interests

Bone Biology Physiology Molecular and Cellular Biology Biochemistry Extracellular Matrix Biology


Selected Recent Publications

  • Fibulin-1 Integrates Subendothelial Extracellular Matrices and Contributes to Anatomical Closure of the Ductus Arteriosus., 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Fibulin-1c regulates transforming growth factor-β activation in pulmonary tissue fibrosis., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Balance between senescence and apoptosis is regulated by telomere damage-induced association between p16 and caspase-3., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • 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

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.

University Service

  • Institutional Chemical Safety Committee (ICC) 2018 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) 2018 - 2019

    Role: Other