Dr Panagiotos Tsonis, lovingly addressed as ‘Takis’ by his friends, a renowned regeneration researcher, died on 3 September 2016 at the age of 63. He was among the most influential regeneration scientists in the past 30 years. He received his BSc from the Department of Biology, University of Patras, Greece, in 1976. He received his MSc and PhD from the Institute of Molecular Biology, Nagoya University, Japan, in 1983. He was a Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Dayton since 1989 and the Director of the Center for Tissue Regeneration and Engineering at Dayton (TREND). Professor Tsonis published several highly acclaimed books, compilations of lectures and nearly 190 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited more than 4200 times. Among his most notable contributions to the field, Tsonis and his group developed a model for lens regeneration in newts (Tsonis, Madhavan, Tancous, & Del Rio-Tsonis, 2004). Professor Tsonis leaves behind a rich legacy of his research on which the regeneration researchers of the future will reap benefits.
Formerly Professor of Molecular Biology
University of Dayton