Message of condolence on the death of Ph.D. student Turi Alcoser

Dear Cornellians,

It is with great sadness that I share news of the death of Turi Alcoser, a 23-year-old Ph.D. student in the College of Engineering. Turi died on Monday, September 23. He entered Cornell in June 2012 to pursue graduate work in the field of Biomedical Engineering, after completing his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon.

Turi's research focused on growing and characterizing the biophysical properties of breast cancer tumor cells. While at Cornell, he won a Young Investigator Award from the Physical Sciences Oncology Network, a FASEB MARC travel award, and an honorable mention in the 2013 National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Awards. He was a Cornell Sloan Scholar.

On behalf of the entire Cornell community, I want to extend my deepest condolences to Turi's family, friends, and colleagues. Please join me in taking a moment to remember Turi and acknowledge this unfortunate loss to our community.


Susan H. Murphy
Vice President for Student and Academic Services


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