Since the beginning of the MCB blog, this is the hardest blog post that we’ve ever had to write. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Kamal Shukla, Program Director and Cluster Leader for Molecular Biophysics in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB). This is a tremendous loss for all of us.
Dr. Shukla dedicated his whole life to the advancement of science. He worked in MCB for over 20 years. Dr. Shukla was an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000 and has received many awards, including the Director’s Distinguished Service Award from the National Science Foundation in 2010 and the Distinguished Service Award from the Biophysical Society in 2015.
As a scientist, he was ahead of his time… he was a visionary leader. He was not afraid to speak up for what he thought was right. Dr. Shukla was a mentor and a friend. He was an example of integrity, dedication, commitment, loyalty, hard work, respect and leadership. The thought of not seeing him anymore is a painful one, but the legacy he left behind is greater than our sadness. Dr. Shukla was a great colleague and human being. He was a gift to all who knew him. We will always treasure the great memories we had with him. He will always be missed, but never forgotten.
“When someone you love becomes a MEMORY, the memory becomes a TREASURE.” – Author Unknown