Dr. Cook received her BS in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Oswego and her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science from Wake Forest School of Medicine. In June 2015 after a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University, Dr. Cook accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Dr. Cook’s current research program investigates molecular mechanisms of obesity-mediated breast cancer and dietary interactions influencing therapeutic responsiveness. Current research interests are focused on the impact of the microbiome on modulating inflammation, metabolic syndrome, and breast cancer risk. She has over 45 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Cook is currently funded in part by research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen foundation, and the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program.