Dr Kiyoshi Nagai FRS

The College is deeply saddened to announce the death of Emeritus Fellow Dr Kiyoshi Nagai, who died on 27 September 2019 after a short illness. 

Dr Nagai was a structural biologist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, who was known for his work on the mechanism of RNA splicing and structures of the spliceosome.

After studying at Osaka University, Dr Nagai moved in 1981 to the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, where he worked as a post-doc with Max Perutz (coincidentally, Max Perutz became an Honorary Fellow of Darwin in 1984) on overproduction of eukaryotic proteins in E. coli. Kiyoshi later became a group leader at the LMB and was joint head of the Division of Structural Studies from 2000 to 2010. He was elected as a Fellow of Darwin College in 1993, and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2000.

The Master, Professor Mary Fowler, said: "We are enormously saddened by Kiyoshi's untimely death.   He was a great scientist and scholar, and one of the many distinguished researchers at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge who have been, and are, associated with Darwin College.  He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family at this time."