Terence Rabbitts

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Terry Rabbitts
Alma mater University of East Anglia
National Institute for Medical Research
Awards Colworth Medal (1981)
FRS (1987) [1]
CIBA medal (1993) [2]
FMedSci (1998) [3]
Clotten Foundation Award (2015)
Website www.imm.ox.ac.uk/prof-terence-rabbitts www.drugdelivery.org
Scientific career
Fields Molecular Biology
Institutions MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
University of Oxford

Terence Howard Rabbitts FRS FMedSci (born 17 June 1946) is currently Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Oxford.[1]

He was educated at John Ruskin Grammar School, the University of East Anglia (BSc) and the National Institute for Medical Research (PhD).[2]

He pioneered the method of cDNA cloning, an approach universally used in bioscience and biotechnology, and elucidated the organization, diversity and rearrangement of human antibody genes, which defined the building blocks for construction of therapeutic antibody repertoires. He also pioneered chimaeric antibodies (with Michael Neuberger). He discovered the LMO and HOX11 chromosomal translocation families in T cell leukaemia and the first fusion gene in a solid tumour. He developed the first knock-in gene, now a widely employed approach in gene targeting and gene editing.

He was awarded the Colworth Medal in 1981, made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987. He was awarded the CIBA medal in 1993 [4] and made a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 [5] He was awarded the Clotten Foundation Prize in 2015.


  1. ^ http://www.rdm.ox.ac.uk/principal-investigators/researcher/terence-rabbitts
  2. ^ RABBITTS, Prof. Terence Howard, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2013