In Memory of Professor Elena Rybak-Akimova

It is with great sadness that the Tufts Chemistry Department announces the passing of Professor Elena Rybak-Akimova. A professor with the department for 21 years, Professor Rybak-Akimova was a fearless scientist and an inspiration to students. She is survived by her husband Alex G. Kolchinski and children Alex and Anna. Condolences and memories of Professor Rybak-Akimova may be shared here. Gifts in her name may be made at TuftsGiving - please specify Arts and Sciences for the School and "In memory of -> Elena Rybak-Akimova" in the dedication section to help create a scholarship for chemistry students. More information about Elena’s contributions can be found on Tufts Now.


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Professor Elena Rybak-Akimova, who dedicated her life to revealing the life of small-molecule binding and activation and to sharing her passion for science with students, passed away on March 11. More>>

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