Prof. Michael Neuberger MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

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Michael Neuberger was Deputy Director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, where he was also Joint Head of the Division of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry. He was also an Honorary Professor of Molecular Immunology at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.... read moreHe died on 26th October 2013, having been diagnosed with multiple myeloma earlier in the year; he is survived by his wife and 4 children. He was a fellow of the Royal Society, and was also recently elected as a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, as well as receiving numerous other prizes during his distinguished career. He published over 150 manuscripts and was a Trustee of the Isaac Newton Trust. Michael followed in his father’s footsteps, Albert Neuberger was also a renowned biochemist, and for a while both father and son were fellows of the Royal Society, a rare occurrence. Michael’s degree was in Natural Science at the University of Cambridge, followed by a PhD at Imperial College. He joined the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in 1980, having worked as a postdoc at Imperial College, and at the Institute of Genetics at the University of Cologne. His work focused on the expression, diversification and engineering of antibodies, and his research significantly contributed to the development of therapeutic antibodies. He was also an excellent mentor to many young scientists, and will be missed as a great leader and supervisor, as well as an eminent researcher.