Simon Chan (1974-2012)
It is with great regret that I (Daniël Melters, one of his graduate students) bring to you the death of Simon Chan.
More information will follow soon, other than he passed away in the presence of his beautiful and great family.
Simon will be greatly missed.
Quick update: Regarding his condition. Simon had primary sclerosing cholangitis or PSC. A autoimmune disorder that he shared with olympic medalist Chris Klug. In contrast to Chris Klug, Simon was initially misdiagnosed. The correct treatment worked for the time being, but he needed a new liver either way, as that is the only realistic treatment available for PSC. As worst case scenarios happen, he was diagnosed with sepsis and after that with fungal pneumonia. At the end with combination of all that his body had to endure was too much and he died on August 22,2012 at the age of 38.
If you would like, please give your condolences to his parents and his sister and his family by responding to this blog entry. We will pass this on.
The In Memory by the Department of Plant Biology with many many comments as well: http://www.plb.ucdavis.edu/labs/srchan/
Simon’s lab webpage: http://chan.openwetware.org
Simon’s famous restaurant blog (read Jim Leff’s comment below): http://lowendrestaurants.blogspot.com/
One of his many academic accomplishments: http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=9425
Here is a talk by Simon Chan on the use of PacBio sequencing to study centromeres: http://aa314.o1.gondor.io/webinar/what-can-long-reads-tell-us-about-centromere-evolution/
Memories of Simon Chan by Keith Bradnam: http://keithbradnam.squarespace.com/blog/2012/8/27/my-memories-of-simon-chan.html
Tribute for Simon on the Paul Knoepfler lab blog: https://www.ipscell.com/2012/08/a-tribute-to-uc-davis-professor-simon-chan/
An obituary by UC Davis for Simon Chan: http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10312
Obituary in the Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/24/4754684/obituary-uc-davis-scientist-simon.html
UC Davis Designated Emphasis Biotechnology facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notes/uc-davis-biotechnology-program/in-memorium-prof-simon-chan-1974-2012/449570758421670
UC Davis facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCDavis/posts/101918583292663
Here is Simon’s bio on the HHMI website: http://www.hhmi.org/news/chans_bg.html
Central Valley Business Times article on Simon: http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=21758
Daily Democrat article on Simon: http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_21399016/ucds-simon-chan-make-plant-breakthroughs
On Jonathan Eisen’s blog: Simon presenting a poster to Bill Gates: http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com/2011/10/plos-picture-of-day-simon-chan-from.html
News article from New Zealand on Simon’s death: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbnat/1503269274-top-kiwi-scientist-passes-away
New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10829940
Radio New Zealand News: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/114334/death-of-nz-scientist-in-united-states