Tribute to Prof. Héctor Norberto Torres

Argentinian scientist, former member of the ICGEB Council of Scientific Advisors

Prof. Héctor Norberto Torres, Emeritus Professor at the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales of UBA (FCEN-UBA) and Superior Investigator of the National Research Council of Argentina, passed away peacefully at his home in Buenos Aires, on 2 April 2011.

He will be remembered with much gratitude and affection for his great contribution to the ICGEB Council of Scientific Advisers, on which he served between 1994 and 2004.

Prof. Torres received his MD in 1959 from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and his PhD in Biochemistry 1968 under the direction Prof. Luis Leloir, Nobel laureate in Chemistry 1980. He was founder and Director of the Institute for Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology (INGEBI) of the CONICET. He was also Dean of the FCEN-UBA and Vice-President of the CONICET, as well as co-founder and President of the Argentine Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He served on the Council of Scientific Advisors of ICGEB for 10 years. He received several awards and recognitions, among which, the Konex Platinum Award in Genetics and the Bunge y Born award in Molecular Biology. He was a full member of the National Academies of Sciences and Medicine of Argentina and corresponding member of the Chilean and Brazilian Academies of Sciences.

Considered one of the most presitigious scientists of Argentina and a pioneer in the introduction of molecular biology and genetic engineering in the country, he was an enthusiastic mentor of many generations of scientists and was PhD supervisor to Daniel Altschuler, Raúl Andino, Lutz Birnbaumer, Eddy De Robertis, Mirtha Flawiá and Alberto Kornblihtt among many others. He dovoted his life to the study of signal transduction in lower eukaryotes, with particular emphasis in Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite causing Chagas' disease.

 

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