Veronica Rodrigues 1953-2010

Veronica Rodrigues, senior professor at NCBS, Bangalore, passed away yesterday. An obituary by her colleague (and NCBS’s director), K VijayRaghavan, is here. It describes her remarkable career and personality perfectly. She will be missed.

I first met Veronica at a seminar in 2004, when I had just returned to India and only recently moved into biology. Her cancer lay in the future, and she was energetic and inspiring. More recently (since 2009), we talked about and worked together on some topics in Drosophila neurogenesis. At that time her cancer had already returned and she was very weak, but she was still very sharp and focussed on the problem. From what Vijay says, she remained that way until almost the end.

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