Mike Cowley joined NC State in October 2014 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Environmental Health Science. He is a member of the Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE), and an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Cowley’s research focuses on understanding how environmental factors such as diet influence our health by modulating gene activity. Cowley draws on his expertise in molecular genetics, epigenetics and developmental biology to understand more about how environmental cues can affect health.
Cowley was the recipient of The London Law Trust Medal Fellowship in 2012, awarded to a basic or clinical scientist with the potential to be a leader in their field. He previously worked as a postdoctoral scholar at King’s College London, U.K., where he studied epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation and acquired experience in next-generation sequencing. Cowley completed his Ph.D. at the University of Bath, U.K., investigating genetic contributions to growth during development. He earned an undergraduate degree in molecular genetics from the University of Warwick, U.K.