The ESP executive committee is extremely sad to announce that Ethel Moustacchi passed away on December 13th 2016 after a very short illness.
Ethel was the CNRS Research Director Emeritus at the Institut Curie and was still active in French scientific life. Ethel worked all her career at the Curie institute, deciphering DNA repair pathways in yeast and mammalian cells, and in the DNA repair syndrome Fanconi anemia. In the early days her laboratory was working on psoralen derivatives and UVA and their genotoxic effects, together with the Padova group.
Her discoveries are internationally recognized. She gave a great impulse to research in the fields of radiobiology and photobiology in France. As an active photobiologist as well as radiobiologist she participated in the first ESP congresses.
Ethel was also a humanist, with a high knowledge and interest in social science and art. She had always defended basic research but was also concerned about the role of research and science in the civil society. She was a «Grande Dame» and we already miss her.