The Passing of Professor Lorenz Poellinger

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the sudden passing of Professor Lorenz Poellinger. Our immediate thoughts go to his family.

Lorenz Poellinger obtained an MD and a PhD from Karolinska Institutet. His doctoral thesis elucidated important details of cellular signaling by dioxin. He pursued post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Robert Roeder at the Rockefeller University, where he made groundbreaking discoveries on promoter/enhancer binding. In 1996, Lorenz Poellinger was appointed Professor of Molecular Biology at Karolinska Institutet. He continued his research on dioxin-mediated cellular signaling but also extended his research into a related field, that of HIF transcription factors and became a leading scientist in mechanisms of hypoxia-driven transcription.

In 2008, Lorenz Poellinger joined the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI), National University of Singapore (NUS). He was one of the original founding members of CSI and was a Senior Principal Investigator with the Cancer Stem Cells and Biology Program and Professor at the Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. He was instrumental in many of the CSI management committees, in which his experience, scientific excellence and willingness to contribute were deeply appreciated. With his enthusiastic support, the Institute has grown from strength to strength.

Many are the students, postdocs and scientists that Lorenz Poellinger have trained and mentored and many are those that could have benefited from his training in the future.

We will remember Lorenz as a brilliant, creative, and generous scientist, colleague and friend that has left us at a too early age.

For all colleagues and friends

Karin Dahlman-Wright Daniel G. Tenen
Acting vice-chancellor Director
Karolinska Institutet Cancer Science Institute of Singapore