On 30th of April 2018 our colleague, mentor and friend Eliza Izaurralde passed away. She joined the institute in 2005 to head the Department of Biochemistry at the MPI for Developmental Biology.

Elisa will be remembered for her outstanding contributions to our understanding of RNA biology and in particular to the molecular mechanisms of RNA transport and RNA silencing which are both crucial for the post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression.

Her research earned her the highest international reputation and was honored in 2008 with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation. Elisa was deeply involved in the promotion of young scientists and directed our graduate programs from 2008 until this year. We mourn for a trusted colleague and great friend.