Carlos’ family will be coming to New York and would like to attend the memorial service. Therefore, in order to accommodate them, the memorial event has been moved to Thursday, November 2 from 3-5pm in VEC 401. Please note the new date and location.
It is with great sadness that we write to you with news of the death of Carlos Rueda Diez, Ph.D, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology. A native of Spain, Dr. Rueda Diez was working on a joint research project in the laboratories of Darryl De Vivo, M.D. and Umrao Monani, Ph.D., to understand the molecular mechanisms of Glut1 deficiency, a pediatric neurodegenerative disease. He began his postdoc in 2015 after completing his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in molecular biomedicine from the Universidad Automona de Madrid.
A talented young investigator with 12 scientific publications to his credit, Carlos quickly earned the respect and friendship of his colleagues at Columbia. In addition to his scientific work, he was active in the Columbia University Postdoctoral Society, where he chaired the Research and Professional Development Committee. Last summer he mentored a student in the De Vivo lab and volunteered in the Zuckerman Institute's Brain Research Apprenticeships in New York at Columbia (BRAINYAC) program, where he taught and mentored high school students from Upper Manhattan and the Bronx who are interested in careers in science. Carlos loved to teach and he was great at it.
Together with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, CUPS will host a memorial and benefit event in his honor. We will gather to remember Carlos, share some food and drinks, and raise money to help support his wife and family. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP using the link below.