Remembering Lino Saez
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague Lino Saez. Following an illness of several years, Lino passed away on October 24, 2014.
Lino made beautiful and important discoveries spanning the full breadth of his 30 years in our laboratory. He devised powerful techniques to explore, at the level of single cells, how a complex behavior can be built up from a few parts. He was the first to build pieces of a working clock in naïve cultured cells to explore their fundamental properties. His cell-based approach was extremely powerful and quickly adopted by others, critically advancing research in a variety of animal systems.
Lino was regarded by all of us as the heart and soul of the lab. He trained every technician, guided each new student and helped every new postdoc get underway. He was generous and kind, but always critical - pushing so that the best would show through in his colleagues. We are acutely diminished by his loss.