Austin Cooney, PhD

Portrait of Austin Cooney, PhD

Austin Cooney, PhD

Associate Professor


Austin Cooney serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, where he is a basic researcher located at the Dell Pediatric Research Institute. The Cooney research group focuses on the transcriptional regulation of pluripotent stem cells as they exist in their undifferentiated state or any of the many potential differentiated states. What makes these cells unique is their ability to differentiate into many cell types of the body. Their potential uses are in regenerative medicine to treat debilitating diseases. Since coming to Dell Med School, his group has embarked on the generation of patient specific induced pluripotent stem cells with other UT and Seton collaborators. These cells can be used to model human diseases with the ultimate goal of creating therapies.

Prior to coming to Austin, Austin came from down the road, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology where he explored the workings of transcription factors and stem cells for over 25 years.

In the last millennia, Austin received BS and PhD degrees from The National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. He is a citizen of three different countries where he has lived and worked, he is truly an AngloIrishAmerican.  

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