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In Memoriam of Dr. John Nambu
Posted October 14, 2016 

The John Nambu Scholarship for Molecular Biology was established in memory of the late and great Dr. John Nambu, Professor of Biology at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). John was a very kind, quick-witted, and accomplished scientist who had a strong passion for developmental biology, molecular biology, and genetic research, where he used Drosophila melanogaster, the fruit fly, as his model system to study gene regulation and programmed cell death during development. His passion for science was matched only by his inexhaustible enthusiasm for teaching students, whether in the laboratory, in the classroom, or on the street corner. After his passing, this scholarship fund was created to help continue keeping his passion alive by supporting students studying molecular biology.




Please consider making a donation to support the John Nambu Scholarship for Molecular Biology to help continue John’s legacy. This fund will be used to award a 1-year scholarship to 1 outstanding graduate student performing molecular biology research in the Biology department at FAU. If you are interested in donating to this scholarship fund, you may do so at (under “Designation”, select “Other” and type “John Nambu Memorial Scholarship” into the dialog box that appears).  If you would like to make a donation by check, please send a check made out to Florida Atlantic University in a sealed envelope to the address listed below.


About Dr. John Nambu
Smiley faceDuring his career at FAU, he was among the team of neuroscientists that established the Jupiter Life Science Initiative ( on the FAU Jupiter campus. Throughout his career he served on thesis committees for more than 30 PhD. candidates and more than 20 Masters and Senior Honors thesis candidates and mentored hundreds of undergraduate student researchers. His kindness, sense of humor, and genuine concern for their growth and success of others made him an especially good mentor to graduate students and undergraduates as well.  John passed away on October 15, 2014.


Attn: Michelle Cavallo – John Nambu Scholarship
Department of Biological Sciences (SC-1, 136)
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Questions may be directed to Michelle Cavallo at or 561-297-0384.



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