Kuan-Teh Jeang M.D., Ph.D.


All at BioMed Central are shocked and saddened by the news that Kuan-Teh Jeang, M.D., Ph.D. passed away suddenly on the evening of the 27th January 2013.

Teh was a prominent figure in research on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the human tumor virus HTLV, and published prolifically on the disease-causing mechanisms of both these retroviruses.

He embraced open access publishing at a very early stage, and through his tireless commitment he succeeded in a long-held ambition to make his open access journal, Retrovirology, the highest-ranked and best-regarded specialist journal in the field. He was also an energetic and valued member of several other Editorial Boards including those of our flagship titles BMC Medicine and BMC Biology.

Well beyond these specific contributions, Teh played an instrumental part in the history, development and growth of BioMed Central, and was a passionate advocate of the open access movement.

Publishing Director Deborah Kahn said, “Kuan-Teh Jeang was one of the first Editors to work with BioMed Central and has always been a great friend to us, as well as a great and constructive critic. He proved with his journal Retrovirology just how successful an open access journal can be, and paved the way for our scientific conference program, persuading us to run our very first such event, Frontiers of Retrovirology, in Montpellier. We will miss him greatly.”

We extend all sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.

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Do a Google image search and look at that smile.  He’s always looking like he’s at the top of his game.  See https://www.biomedcentral.com/researchawards/images/2010_06b.jpg or https://nihrecord.od.nih.gov/newsletters/2012/06_22_2012/images/story6Pic1.jpg.  So many favorite.  I can’t decide.  -c. wanjek

Anna Bárbara Proietti

Teh was a great colleague and an outstanding scientist. We admired his efforts in making science articles in his field available to all.
When he came to our HTLV meeting in Belo Horizonte, everyone was fascinated by his witty talks and clairvoyance.
We will miss him a lot!
Anna Barbara Carneiro-Proietti
Interdisciplinary HTLV Research Group – GIPH
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil


We were happy and privileged to welcome Teh in Leuven in 2011, where his contribution to the science, the atmosphere, the public access of the abstracts, and the dissemination of the work presented at the 15th International Conference on Human Retrovirology HTLV and Related Viruses was crucial to make that conference a success. I have admired him since the first time I met him, he was a great role model for all of us.
Annemie Vandamme

Beki Worku

We lose great scientist,,,, and RIP,,,, thanks for all u did in your life time in the field of science. Though we miss you, you work is long live with us!

Beki Worku

We miss the great scientist,,, RIP,,,, thanks for all u did in your life time for science and your work is really beneficial for the human kind!


Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of your friend and colleague.  Though I do not know him, I can feel how much his passion, energy and professionalism will be missed within BMC, as well as within the scientific community.  

The world truly needs more people like Kuan-Teh Jeang!  I say this from the standpoint of living with an incurable illness (several actually).  I know what we are faced with each and every day.  Knowing that there is someone out there like him, gives all of us who deal with this peace in knowing that – even if it won’t come in MY lifetime, a cure is being worked on!  It’s coming!!!
My thanks to Kuan-Teh Jeang and all of you who work each day to find a cure!  I’m sure you don’t hear it enough… THANK YOU!!!

May you rest in peace, Kuan-Teh Jeang, and may your family, friends and colleagues find their faith as a source of peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

Ashraf Khalil

Would you please accept my sincere condolences. ” We “Mankind” are belonging to God and to Him we are returning”.A translation from the Quran. It open the hope for the good people that they will be in better place beside the lord in the paradise.

Paul Laybourn

Teh was a shining example of what all scientists and humans should aspire to be.  He will be missed.  To his family, please accept my condolences.

P. Laybourn


I deeply mourn Dr. Kuan-Teh Jeang, and sincere condolences to the his family!

Duo Li

Frank N.Mwiine

May you rest in peace which is a rear event on earth! Thank you for being selfless while on earth, your publications show it all. Nature is hard to understand, now you are gone! Your immediate family be blessed. Frank N. Mwiine (Uganda)

Karl Munger

My sincere condolences to his family. I will always remember Teh as an unusually energetic, talented and passionate scientist and human being and he will be missed!

Kusal K.Das

My deepest condolence for sudden demise of Dr.Kuan-Teh Jeang. It is a great loss for science !


I have known Teh for over 25 years, both as a phenomenal scientist and a wonderful treasured friend and scientific colleague . K-T has always been supernova of knowledge & possibilities. He was a man for all seasons in every aspect. 
How I miss him!
Venkatesan, LMI, NIAID, NIH


 I have known Teh for over 25 years, both as a phenomenal scientist and a wonderful treasured friend and scientific colleague . K-T has always been supernova of knowledge & possibilities. He was a man for all seasons in every aspect. How I miss him!


probably, the PHD have passed away because a sudden death in relation with Acute Cardiac Insulin Resistance….the most common ocult pathology, even in the doctors….
Sorry and my condolences to his family

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