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 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 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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