It is with great sadness that we learnt of the tragic death of Dr Ling Felce, a postdoctoral researcher within Professor Tao Dong's group at the MRC WIMM, on Tuesday 1st March 2022.
Professor Dong shared the following tribute to Dr Felce:
"Dr Ling Felce joined our team in September 2020 as postdoctoral scientist, and immediately made significant contributions to several of our research projects studying the immune responses to the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. Due to the pandemic, most of Ling’s interactions during her first year with us were via Zoom, but she made such an effort to get to know all of her new colleagues, and quickly became a beloved member of our lab family.
"Ling provided invaluable help and advice on several scientific projects, and her contributions will be greatly missed. She was always willing to help and support her colleagues and especially the students within the group, and she laid the foundations for our Bioinformatic research platform (soon to become a dedicated Bioinformatics centre within the newly established CAMS-Oxford Institute at Oxford University).
Ling was an incredibly kind and delightful colleague: we will miss her smiling face in group meetings.
- Professor Tao Dong
"Ling was a very bright young scientist, excited about the future and everything it may bring for her and her young family. We are devastated by this tragedy that has taken her at such a promising point in her life. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time."
Professor Hugh Watkins, Head of the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, said: "Our whole department has been shocked by this heartbreaking tragedy. Ling was a much-loved member of our research staff, and a young mother; we feel deeply for her family."