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University of Exeter Medical School

 Mike Cooke

Mike Cooke

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


 College House 1.26


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Mike is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Discovery (DISCO) Group at the University of Exeter Medical School. Mike’s research is focused on the use of routine tests to identify patients at risk of cancer in primary care and the evaluation of new cancer detection strategies in primary care, including the faecal immunochemical test (FIT) for colorectal cancer.

Mike began his PhD on ageing using model organism C. elegans, with a focus on mitochondrial health and novel hydrogen sulfide pharmaceutical interventions. This work progressed to models of accelerated ageing using spaceflight and muscular dystrophy models. Due to the lack of spaceflight hardware designed for biological payloads, Mike also designed spaceflight hardware and software.


Master’s in Biomedical Science – University of the West of England

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - University of the West of England

PhD in Medical and Health - University of Nottingham

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Research interests

  • Cancer detection in primary care
  • Evaluating and modelling the impact of new cancer detection strategies
  • Faecal immunochemical test (FIT) for colorectal cancer
  • Using routine blood tests available in primary care to diagnose cancer
  • Risk markers and predictors of cancer

Research projects

COLOFIT - Optimal use of Faecal Immunochemical Testing for patients with symptoms of possible colorectal cancer.

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