Celebrating Stephen Cusack’s contributions to science

A Nobel Laureate, leading biologists gather to mark decades of leadership in research

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Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan and other leading biologists gathered to mark decades of Cusack’s leadership in research. Credit: Marine Duding/ESRF

Researchers from across the globe gathered in Grenoble to celebrate the remarkable lifelong scientific achievements of Stephen Cusack, the former head of EMBL Grenoble. Cusack will retire from EMBL at the end of the year.

Among the 32 speakers were 2009 Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan, EMBL Director General Edith Heard, former Instruct-ERIC director Dave Stuart, and ESRF Director General Francesco Sette. Alumni and collaborators also joined the symposium to celebrate the community that Cusack built over the years.

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Stephen Cusack joined EMBL Grenoble in 1977 and will retire later this year. Credit: Stuart Ingham/EMBL

Cusack joined EMBL Grenoble in 1977 and was appointed head of site in 1989. He stepped down from that appointment as head of site in 2022. He is an internationally respected structural biologist for his work in the structure and function of protein-RNA complexes, and technology development for synchrotron-based structural biology research. He co-founded the Europe-wide Instruct project.

EMBL will feature Cusack’s life and work in a special farewell web article later in 2023.

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