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Open Access Editorial

In memoriam: Kuan-Teh Jeang, MD PhD (1958–2013)

Dong-Yan Jin1*, Yun-Bo Shi2 and T-C Wu3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Biochemistry, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

2 The National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

3 Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Cell & Bioscience 2013, 3:13  doi:10.1186/2045-3701-3-13

Published: 28 February 2013

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Talking about the golden era of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Nobel laureates Joseph Goldstein and Michael Brown concluded in a recent issue of Science that "ambitious young physicians juxtaposed to cutting-edge basic scientists can themselves make fundamental discoveries" [1]. In our minds, both the late George Khoury and his postdoc Kuan-Teh Jeang, known as “Teh” among friends and colleagues, were in that group of brilliant NIHers who broke new ground in many areas of biomedical research, particularly in the study of retroviruses. When one of us, Dong-Yan Jin, joined Teh's laboratory at NIH in 1994, he learned from Teh not only about George Khoury’s scientific achievements but also about his strong commitments to friends, family and community. Although he died much too early at the age of 43 in 1987, George was Teh's role model and influenced him greatly in his professional life. They shared many things in common, most importantly their devotion to science and people. As a recognition of his scientific achievements, Teh was chosen to deliver the 2012 George Khoury Lecture at NIH in October 2012 on "Nuclear damage and aneuploidy: human T cell leukemia virus transformation of cells". Teh was such an energetic and tireless person that NIH deputy Director Michael Gottesman described him as a dynamo at that lecture. Teh's sudden and unexpected passing in the late evening of January 27, 2012 saddened all of us completely.