Martin Raff

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Martin Raff

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Martin Charles Raff

(1938-01-15) 15 January 1938 (age 85)
Alma mater
Known forMolecular Biology of the Cell
ChildrenJordan Raff [Wikidata][1]
AwardsEMBO Member (1974)
Member of the National Academy of Sciences (2003)[2]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London
Doctoral studentsCharles ffrench-Constant[3] Edit this at Wikidata

Martin Charles Raff CBE FRS FMedSci MAE (born 15 January 1938)[4] is a Canadian/British biologist and researcher who is an Emeritus Professor at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology (LMCB) at University College London (UCL).[5][6][7] His research has been in immunology, cell biology, and developmental neurobiology.[8][9]

Early life[edit]

Raff was born and educated in Montreal, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 and an M.D.C.M. in 1963, both from McGill University.[10]


Raff was an intern and assistant resident in medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal (1963–65) and a resident in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (1965–68). He did postdoctoral research in immunology with Avrion Mitchison at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London (1968–1971), after which he moved to University College London, where he has been since 1971. He served as president of the British Society of Cell Biology (1991–95). He retired from active science in 2002, but he continued to serve on various scientific advisory boards in Europe and America until 2018. After his first retirement, when his grandson was diagnosed with autism, he became interested in the neurobiological basis of autism.[11][6] He is co-author of two widely used cell biology textbooks: Molecular Biology of the Cell and Essential Cell Biology.[12]

Awards and honours[edit]

Raff has received the following awards for his research:

Personal life[edit]

Raff's son Jordan Raff [Wikidata] is also a scientist.[1][14][8][15]


  1. ^ a b Jordan Raff (1 December 2004). "Jordan Raff". Current Biology. 14 (24): R1034-5. doi:10.1016/J.CUB.2004.11.036. ISSN 0960-9822. PMID 15620630. Wikidata Q48551849.
  2. ^ a b "Member: Martin Raff". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  3. ^ Raff, Martin. "Autobiography chapter" (PDF). Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  4. ^ "New Year's Honours List". UCL News. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  5. ^ Martin Raff publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ a b "Martin Raff". LMCB - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  7. ^ Martin Raff (1 July 2012). "Thoughts of a retired scientist: an interview with Martin Raff by Sarah Allan". Disease Models & Mechanisms. 5 (4): 419–422. doi:10.1242/DMM.010264. ISSN 1754-8403. PMC 3380705. PMID 22730472. Wikidata Q43203075.
  8. ^ a b c Anon (2007). "Raff, Prof. Martin Charles". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U31778. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  9. ^ Raff, Martin (2014). "I hated science when I was a child". Web of Stories. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  10. ^ a b "Martin Raff Profile" (PDF). University College London. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  11. ^ Martin Raff (12 April 2010). "Video Q&A: what is autism? - A personal view". BMC Biology. 8: 42. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-42. ISSN 1741-7007. PMC 2864100. PMID 20385034. Wikidata Q30494335.
  12. ^ Alberts B, Hopkins, K, Johnson A, Morgan, D, Raff M, Roberts K, Walter P (2019). Essential Cell Biology (5th ed.). W W Norton. ISBN 9780393679533.
  13. ^ "Prizewinners of the Feldberg Foundation". Feldberg Foundation. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  14. ^ Anon (2009). "Raff, Prof. Jordan". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U249549. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  15. ^ Jordan Raff (31 January 2018). "Martin Raff". Current Biology. 28 (2): R54–R56. doi:10.1016/J.CUB.2017.12.001. ISSN 0960-9822. PMID 29412897. Wikidata Q50140445.