Tributes to Elisa Izaurralde from the EMBL community

"I can hardly believe Elisa has passed away. I have a vivid remembrance of Elisa in Iain's lab, sitting in front of me. Elisa's smiling; her sweet way of talking and her kindness are unforgettable. A nice lab mate, a great scientist and a greater person is gone, but she will remain forever in our minds. Rest in peace. Ciao Elisa."

  • Jordi Bernués, 13 July 2018
    Now: Scientific Researcher, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona (IBMB), Barcelona, Spain
    EMBL: Postdoctoral Fellow, Genome Biology, Mattaj Group, 1990-1992

"Elisa's untimely passing leaves an enormous void both scientifically and socially in my memories of EMBL. As a scientist, Elisa was a true force of nature with a seemingly insatiable appetite for research that was joyfully matched by her splendid humanity. I send my deepest condolences to her family and the rest of the EMBL community."

  • Larry Zwiebel, 25 May 2018
    Now: Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Biological Sciences and Professor, Biological Sciences and Pharmacology, Vanderbilt Brain Institute and Institutes for Chemical Biology, Genetics & Global Health, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    EMBL: Postdoctoral Fellow, Directors' Research, Kafatos Group, 1994-1998

"It still seems unreal that a good friend, a generous and inspiring colleague, an outstanding scientist, our Elisa is gone. I will cherish the memories of our time spent together and will remember you dearly with your warm smile. Rest in peace dear Elisa."

  • Maria Polycarpou-Schwarz, 24 May 2018
    EMBL: Technician, Directors' Research/Genome Biology, Hentze Group/Gannon Group, 1989-2008

"I had so much hoped that medicine could save you, but tragically, the hoped-for miracle did not happen. You were a role model of a scientist and a colleague. Your thirst for science and your drive for perfection was close to none. You were always generous with your time, and for no lab in the world were fellows better prepared when they gave talks at international meetings. But most of all, I miss your modesty and your warm smile. Rest in peace!"

  • Matthias Hentze, 21 May 2018
    EMBL: Director

"This was very sad news to me and I am really shocked! I do remember Elisa as an extremely pleasant, kind, energetic and lively person and I will not forget the many times we were together in the fitness studio and enjoying life. My thoughts are with her family and by this I offer them my deepest condolences."

  • Nelly van der Jagt González, 17 May 2018
    Now: Retired
    EMBL: Unit Administrator, Structural and Computational Biology, 1975-2014

"This is such a shock, and comes far too early in life. You were a key part of making my early years at EMBL a fun and very interesting experience. I'll always remember the dinners we had in Santa Lucia's and the Thai restaurant. You had so much spirit - a force to be reckoned with, always lively and full of energy. We'll miss you dearly."

  • Eileen Furlong, 16 May 2018
    EMBL: Head of Unit and Senior Scientist, Genome Biology

"We had so much fun and exciting times together at EMBL, both scientifically and socially, at all the memorable summer parties.  It is so sad and unfair to have lost you - a great friend, colleague and integer scientist.  Our hearts are with you and your family.  We will miss you and never forget you.  May you rest in peace."

  • Michael Sattler, 4 May 2018
    Now: Professor, Institute of Structural Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, Neuherberg, Germany
    EMBL: Group Leader, Structural and Computational Biology, 1997-2007
  • Rui Wang-Sattler, 4 May 2018
    Now: Group Leader, Research Unit of Molecular Epidemiology, Helmholtz Center Munich, Neuherberg, Germany
    EMBL: Predoctoral Fellow, Genome Biology/Directors' Research, Steinmetz Group/Kafatos Group, 1995-2007

"This is indeed sad.  Elisa in her best years passes away.  She was such a creative and successful scientist, a role model for all young scientists.  I can only express my deep sorrow and my regret that cancer research is still not so far that we would be able to treat this plague that many of us will suffer from, with more success.  Elisa will remain in my mind as the leading light that she was."

  • Kai Simons, 4 May 2018
    Now: Group Leader and Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
    EMBL: Head of Unit, Cell Biology and Biophysics, 1975-2000

"I'm so sad Elisa, I have so many good memories of our time at EMBL that is very difficult to accept you left us. I will alwas keep with me your smiley face, your curious eyes, your energy and, most of all, your friendship. You have been a beautiful friend and an admirable scientist, and I will always have you in my heart. You do not know how much I wish I was not writing these lines."

  • Carlos Dotti, 1 May 2018
    Now: Professor, Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
    EMBL: Group Leader, Cell Biology and Biophysics, 1988-2000

"This is very saddening news indeed.  We have lost a colleague and a great scientist that we very much admired.  Sincere condolences to her family."

  • Damian Brunner, 1 May 2018
    Now: Professor, Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland
    EMBL: Group Leader, Cell Biology and Biophysics, 2000-2010
  • Manuela Brunner-Markl, 1 May 2018
    Now: Assistant, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    EMBL: Assistant to the Director General, 2000-2004

"I am in shock. Poor Elisa; such a kind and collegial person in addition to a great scientist.  We will miss her terribly"

  • Marino Zerial, 1 May 2018
    Now: Director, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
    EMBL: Group Leader, Cell Biology and Biophysics, 1985-2001

"What shocking news; don't know what to say. Sad wishes and condolences to all who were close to her."

  • Klaus Scheffzek, 1 May 2018
    Now: Professor, Division of Biological Chemistry, Innsbruck Medical University (Biocenter Innsbruck), Austria
    EMBL: Team Leader, Structural and Computational Biology, 1999-2010