Martin Raff

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Martin Raff
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Born (1938-01-15) 15 January 1938 (age 83)
Alma mater
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London
Doctoral studentsCharles ffrench-Constant[2]

Martin Charles Raff CBE FRS FMedSci (born 15 January 1938) 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).[3][4] His research has been in immunology, cell biology, and developmental neurobiology.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Raff was born and educated in Montreal, and he obtained his B.Sc in 1959 and an M.D.C.M. in 1963, both from McGill University.[7]


Raff was an intern and Assistant Resident in Medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal (1963–65) and a Resident in Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (1965–68). He did postdoctoral training 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 was President of the British Society of Cell Biology (1991–95). He retired from active science in 2002, but he still serves on various scientific advisory boards in Europe and America. After retirement, when his grandson was diagnosed with autism, he became interested in the neurobiological basis of autism.[8][3] He is co-author of two widely used cell biology textbooks: Molecular Biology of the Cell[9] and Essential Cell Biology.


He has received the following awards for his research:


  1. ^ "New Year's Honours List". UCL News. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  2. ^ Raff, Martin. "Autobiography chapter" (PDF). Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Martin Raff". LMCB - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  4. ^ Raff, M. (July 2012). "Thoughts of a retired scientist: an interview with Martin Raff". Disease Models & Mechanisms. 5 (4): 419–422. doi:10.1242/dmm.010264. PMC 3380705. PMID 22730472.
  5. ^ ‘RAFF, Prof. Martin Charles*, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 7 Nov 2013
  6. ^ "Martin Raff - Scientist - I hated science when I was a child". Web of Stories. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  7. ^ a b "Martin Raff Profile" (PDF). University College London. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  8. ^ Raff, M. (12 April 2010). "Q&A: What is autism? - A personal view". BMC Biology. BioMed Central. 8: 42. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-42. PMC 2864100. PMID 20385034.
  9. ^ Alberts B, Johnson A, Lewis J, Raff M, Roberts K, Walter P (2014). Molecular Biology of the Cell (6th ed.). Garland. ISBN 9780815344322.
  10. ^ "Prizewinners of the Feldberg Foundation". Feldberg Foundation. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  11. ^ "Member: Martin Raff". United States National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2014-09-20.