It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that J. Michael (Mike) Cook, PhD, passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Dr. Cook joined Duke in 1988 and served in numerous roles before being promoted to Assistant Professor in 2009. He was also a member of the Duke Cancer Institute and co-leader of the Flow Cytometry Shared Resource.
A thirty-year veteran of the use of Flow Cytometry, Dr. Cook was an expert in all aspects of flow cytometric analysis and cell sorting, especially the application of these techniques to elucidation of the development of the immune system and understanding primary immunodeficiencies. He was a valuable resource to the Duke research community providing insight and training for the utilization of the cytometers and techniques.
“The Flow Cytometry Shared Resource staff are all very helpful–I know them all very well and they always find time for us. Mike never says no to helping us out,” said a frequent user of the resource. That was the sentiment of so many of us who had the pleasure of working with Mike.
Dr. Cook received his PhD from the University of Virginia.
Please join us in extending our deepest sympathy to Dr. Cook’s family and friends. We will share memorial service information when it becomes available.