Mark E. Cook received his PhD in poultry nutrition and immunology at Louisiana State University in 1982 and immediately joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison Poultry Science Department (now the Animal Sciences Department), where he currently holds the position of professor. Cook currently teaches the introductory course in Animal Sciences, a course in Animal Law and Ethics, and Avian Health in the Midwest Poultry Consortium. Cook was a founding member of the Midwest Poultry Consortium, an undergraduate program that for 19 years provides 18 credits of poultry instruction to university students in 13 states. Cook has received numerous awards for his teaching.
Cook’s research focuses on novel dietary mechanisms to control inflammation and increase animal growth and development. Cook has over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 40 U.S. patents (approximately 200 worldwide). He has been co-founder of four companies and has helped bring innovative products for humans, agricultural animals, and pet use. His spinout (Isomark) involves a breath bio-sensing technology that detects the onset of infections in animals and critical ill patients. His latest startup (AbE Discovery) is commercializing a replacement for coccidiostats in poultry. Cook has received several awards for his entrepreneurial activity and recently chaired the construction and launch of Discovery to Product (D2P, a $5.6 million platform for technology transfer at UW-Madison). Recently, Cook played a leadership role on the UW-Madison campus, having chaired the University Committee (executive committee for the senate), Discovery to Product, Vice Chancellor for Research Search and Screen Committee, and is a member of UW’s Research Council. Cook is a Fellow of Poultry Science Association, current second Vice President of PSA on the Board of Directors for Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs, and is the Co-Chair of the Founding Committee of UW’s Seed Fund.