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In Fond Memory of Elisabeth Papazoglou

1959 – 2011

Dear Students, Colleagues and Friends of Elisabeth,

In profound sorrow, I have the sad duty to announce that our dear friend and colleague Elisabeth Papazoglou was defeated in her heroic battle against cancer, strengthening our resolve and commitment to life saving solutions.

Elisabeth was the rare individual who stood apart from her peers as the modern academic role model, intellectual leader and the ideal biomedical engineer. She was an accomplished scholar and researcher in her discipline, master teacher and research mentor to her many students and our junior colleagues, as well as a champion of translational research that addresses unmet needs in health care.

Elisabeth had been promoted to Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the last academic year in recognition of her solid interdisciplinary credentials developed both in industry and academia, her staunch commitment to the success of her students, and her enterprising approach to bringing life saving innovations to patients. She also served as the Associate Director for Research and Commercialization, Chair of the Curriculum Committee and Deputy Chair of the Coulter Translational Research Partnership in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. She forged productive research partnerships with our Colleges of Medicine and Engineering as well as several laboratories at Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. She rightfully earned the respect and the admiration of our faculty, students and staff as well as her many research, clinical and industrial partners who all appreciated her collegial approach, her sense of purpose and her unmatched drive to excel.

She led our 'skin bioengineering' initiative, specifically in the areas of wound healing, deployment of non-invasive technologies for skin characterization, and correlation of spectroscopic and imaging information to skin chemistry. Her team's innovations in skin bioengineering and diagnostics based on bionanotechnology spun three start-up companies and two of her licenses were instrumental in earning the Coulter Endowment. In the Coulter College held on August 9-10, 2011, and attended by top national and international universities and funding agencies as well as entrepreneurs and investors, her point-of-care cardiac diagnostic technology QLIDA was singled out of 220+ technologies and showcased prominently as a best example of the national Coulter Translational Portfolio. She was our STAR faculty who played an important part in making our Coulter Foundation sponsored Translational Research Partnership Program a national and international success.

I know that we will collectively find the courage, the strength and the patience to endure our unimaginable loss and the inspiration to celebrate her amazing life and work. We will keep her memory alive by activities and programs worthy of the cause she lived for. Please send me your suggestions and recommendations to uphold her legacy of scholarship, mentorship and tireless commitment to science, to basic and applied research, to innovation in healthcare, to service to society through life saving solutions. Kindly stay tuned for information about memorial activities in her honor.

With our heartfelt condolences to all whom she touched, please keep her daughters Daphne and Pelagia, both Drexel students, and her husband Constantinos Papathomas, her family and her friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Elisabeth was our HERO. We all respected and admired her deeply and loved her sincerely -- May she rest in peace! b

Ryszard Lec
What a devastating loss. Elisabeth was so full of life, energy, joy, friendship, vision. May Elisabeth rest in peace and our memories of her inspire and guide us.

Shirin Karsan
A huge loss indeed, but I will always remember Elisabeth for her strength in dealing with everything. She was an inspiration to me.

Irwin Chaiken
We were all deeply saddened by the news about Elisabeth.

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