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Obituary Daniel Lackner

Daniel performed his undergraduate studies in biology and genetics at the MFPL in Vienna. For his graduate work he moved to the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, where he used genomic approaches to study gene expression regulation in fission yeast. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Cambridge, he decided to do his post-doctoral work at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, USA. There, he studied telomere biology and aging with a focus on large-scale approaches. After returning to Austria in 2015, he joined the biotech company Horizon Discovery, where he led a team to generate human knock-out cell lines using CRISPR/Cas9, before he started his new role as Scientific Project Manager within the Superti-Furga lab at CeMM.

Daniel played an essential role in setting up the scientific and organizational framework of the IMI-funded EU Project RESOLUTE (Research Empowerment on Solute Carriers), a public-private partnership with 13 research groups from academia and industry. He was highly respected within the consortium for his scientific expertise, his dedicated and diligent working style, and his ability in successfully bridging academia and industry, by connecting scientists with different backgrounds and expectation for a common overarching goal.

From the very beginning, Daniel was very open about his disease and his courageous and exhausting fight against a rare tumor. Daniel was a true scientist at heart and a role model in many ways. His intellectual rigor, supportive and humorous attitude contributed positively to CeMM’s culture and the success of the RESOLUTE project.

Daniel Lackner will be dearly missed by the CeMM Directors, by his colleagues who had the privilege of interacting with him, and by the entire RESOLUTE consortium. We lose an extraordinary researcher, a talented and dedicated science manager, and highly appreciated colleague. Daniel died way too early. Our sincere condolences go to his wife and his children.

Giulio Superti-Furga and Anita Ender