Stefan Jentsch reclining in his favorite Le Corbusier chair.
Photography by Axel Griesch, with permission from Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried/Munich, Germany.
With immense sadness, the scientific community along with family and friends mourns the death of Stefan Jentsch, who passed away on October 29, 2016, after a brief struggle with rapidly progressing cancer. Stefan was an iconic figure who shaped the field of ubiquitin modification for three decades with passionate curiosity, creativity, and continuous excitement for mechanistic concepts. It is difficult to single out one particular discovery of Stefan's. His highly innovative and rigorous work led to several landmark findings in research topics crossing the borders between ubiquitin biology, DNA repair, RNA splicing, and autophagy. Stefan's visionary work, charismatic personality, and groundbreaking achievements inspired many students and colleagues across the world.
Stefan was born and raised in Germany in the western part of Berlin. The city's division at that time early on stimulated Stefan's interest for history, archaeology, politics, …
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