Mario Amzel, Ph.D. RIP

We have lost a true giant of the basic sciences, fervent supporter of public education. Mario Amzel, was a renaissance man, an accomplished scholar, an amazing tango dancer, a great “asador” (a grill master) of whom I had the honor to be one his mentees.

As the first Latino chair of a department at the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University he was a role model for me and for many other under-represented minorities. His lab and office were a place to meet and discuss science, soccer, and world politics. Mario had a passion for thermodynamics. He defined his lab and work as structural thermodynamics, he was interested on identifying the populations which are thermodynamically competent.

His open house parties for the holidays were the closest to ‘home’ for many of us.

He will be truly missed.