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“Words cannot express the shock and the sorrow his departure created. We will remember always his "joie de vivre" his humor and epicurean approach to...Read More »
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“Dearest Inge, I'm so sorry for your loss!! I'm flabbergasted. He was such a robust man, full of life. What a terrible loss for you and your family....Read More »
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“My sincere condolences on the passing of my colleague, Josef. ”
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Beloved and revered Medical Doctor and Professor Dr. Josef Michl dies, 80
Dr. Josef Michl, MD a true renaissance man, passed away March 15. He was greatly admired and highly respected by his colleagues, students and friends at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY College of Podiatric Medicine, The Rockefeller University and the University Clinic in Bern. He had just recently retired in January 2021 after completing a career 52 years of scientific research and teaching. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 52 years, Inge Spier- Michl, and their daughters Saskia Honstain and Heike Michl, his sons-in-law and his three grandchildren.

Born 1941, in Oberstaufen, Bavaria Germany, he completed a doctoral thesis for Doctor of Medicine Magna Cum Laude at the University of Mainz in 1970 and began his medical career at the University Clinic of Bern- Inselspital, Switzerland. Deciding to return to research, he completed a fellowship in Microbiology and Immunology, starting his professorship at the Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany. In 1974 Dr. Michl was invited to The Rockefeller University as a Guest Investigator in the Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology. In 1982 he accepted a position to teach and research at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In 2000, he also began teaching at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. Josef Michl dedicated his life to research in the areas of Immunology, Pathology, Microbiology and most recently, his research in the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to cancer, particularly pancreatic cancer. While at SUNY Downstate he and a colleague discovered a peptide, PNC-27, that could be used to kill tumour cells while leaving human cells intact. Founding NoMoCan, he and his partners were in the process of producing and furthering research of PNC-27 in the hopes that it could be used as a treatment in pancreatic and a wide variety of tumors.

When not in the laboratory, in the office writing grant applications or teaching his students, Dr. Michl was actively traveling the world, visiting friends, attending friends' art exhibitions and museums, voraciously reading (most recently the works by Durell), attending live performances of operas and ballet at Lincoln Center, spending time with friends and family at many dinners and celebrations or enjoying an aperitivo, preparing a swiss fondue always accompanied by good conversation and laughs with his wife and daughters. He will be dearly missed.

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