Michael Brattain, University of Nebraska Medical Center Eppley Institute professor and associate director for basic research in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, died unexpectedly in his sleep March 5, 2016. He was 68.

“Mike was a brilliant scientist who had a prolific scientific career,” said Kenneth Cowan, director of the Eppley Institute and the Buffett Cancer Center. “Mike’s experience and input was extremely valuable to me in many areas within the Buffett Cancer Center.

“He made extensive contributions to the field of cancer research, and he will be remembered for the mentorship he provided to numerous graduate students and post-doctoral associates over the years. His sudden passing is a big loss for the Eppley Institute, the Buffett Cancer Center and the UNMC community. He will be greatly missed.”