It was immensely sad to hear about Tessa's death. She was a brilliant scientist and a tremendously nice person and it has been a great privilege to know, and interact with, her. Rest in peace, Tessa.

Giovanni Morrone
University Magna Graecia - Catanzaro, Italy of

We will never forget Tessa ! Our work is mainly on CML stem cells and on the effects of targeted drugs with the aim to cure more patients with CML. Tessa always supported our CML studies and was... Read More

Peter Valent
Medical University of Vienna of

I was in the Phase 1 STI 571 (Gleevec) clinical trial at UCLA and have followed Professor Holyoake's work since the very first time I attended the ASH meeting in 2002. Hearing her speak at a session... Read More

Virginia Garner

It is always a shock to hear about the passing of extremely talented and dedicated people. Their passing leaves a void in our lives which is not possible to fill.
Professor Tessa Holyoake was such... Read More

Basil Jacobs
CML Patients In Treatment Free Remission of

I was shocked to hear about the death and great loss of one of the world's best scientist in the CML field, Tessa Holyoake. It is so hard to believe that a person who devoted all their life to find a... Read More

Sharf Giora

When I think of Dr. Tessa Holyoake, words like brilliant, caring, compassionate, dedicated, driven, motivated, and so many more come to mind. Her contribution to the CML community and cancer... Read More

Greg Stephens

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Professor Tessa Holyoake. Her dedication and devotion to her research to help leukaemia patients will never be forgotten as the results of... Read More


How terrible and sad news that Tessa is dead. I will miss her dedicated endeavor to understand stem cells and her brilliant analytical mind. We suffer a great loss.
We must remember her great... Read More

Henrik Hjorth-Hansen

I am a 20-year CML survivor from Thailand.
I would like to express my deepest condolences for a big loss of Dr. Tessa's family and friends.
Living with CML now about 20 years, this is diffinitely... Read More

Pasusant Wattanaboonya

I was terribly saddened when I learned about the untimely passing of Tessa Holyoake .
Tessa made very important contributions to the understanding of the nature of the CML leukemic stem cells ,and... Read More

moshe talpaz
university of michigan of

An unexpected and tremendous loss for all the CML community. Tessa has been a pioneer in the research on the biology of the leukemic stem cells and her contribution has eventually shed some light on... Read More

Giuseppe Saglio

I am a CML Client -

and 10 years post diagnosis

many years ago - a wise person said that if I look across and see the opposite Mountain - I can see that the mountain is getting closer all... Read More

Sue Hurt
CML for Australians of

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Tessa Holyoake

For our community is a great loss.

Krishna Prasad Upadhyaya

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Tessa Holyoake

For our community is a great loss.


The entire scientific community and especially the female scientists will mourn Tessa. She has been a great mentor for all the young and not so young women involved in research. I met Tessa many... Read More

Monica Bocchia
Hematology Unit University of Siena Italy of

Tessa was the most wonderful human being who was involved in my daughters care from age 13 and took it over when she moved to adult services. She is now almost 22 and a mum to a beautiful daughter... Read More

Eileen Adams

Slovenian CML patients and our families are very grateful to Dr. Tessa Holyoake for her work and achievements for helping CML patients . On this sad day we wish to express our sympathies to her... Read More

Since 2005 I am proud to say I have been a Tessa Holyoake 'Groupie'. That was the year that Dr. Richard Rockefeller, Suzan McNamara and I went to ASH in Atlanta. That is when Richard talked to us... Read More

Cheryl-Anne Simoneau

What a great loss, not only to her family but to the whole CML community, and research into cancer generally. Thank you for all you have done for us all, we were all so sad to here of your passing,... Read More

Nigel Deekes

I never had the pleasure of meeting Professor Holyoke, I heard from many that she was a lovely, vibrant and passionate person. I followed her work with interest and, as many, thought she was going... Read More

Barbara Meunier

CML-Stop is saddened by the passing away of Professor Tessa Holoake ...



Thank you so much Professor Tessa. You are true hero. Rest in peace.


The ripples of life that Tessa affected will never fade away, her work will live on in many of us.
It's hard, almost impossible, to express such gratitude but her memory will drive us all on to... Read More

Kris Griffin

Mis condolencias por tan dolorosa pérdida.Animo a segur su legado.


Pedro Incera Pérez
Pacientes LMC of

As a patient of CML, one of the hardest situations is to lose one of the professionals who has dedicated her life to trying to make ours as long and better as possible.

Thank you very much to Dr.... Read More

Toni Montserrat

I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Tessa, one of the smartest minds in CML stem cell research and one of our key hopes to find the roots of CML to finally cut them off.

Apart from... Read More

Jan Geissler