Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Theodore Friedmann

Theodore Friedmann, M.D., MA (Oxon)

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    16 June 1935

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2015 Japan Prize

Major Awards

1984-85 UCSD's Faculty Research Lecturer Award
1992 University of California, Chancellor’s Associates Award for Excellence in Research
1995 The 1995 H.C. Jacobæus Prize of the Nordic Research Committee and Nordic Insulin Foundation, Lund, Sweden
1996 The 1996 Cross of Honor for Science and the Arts, Republic of Austria
1996 Salvador Zubiran Medal of Mexico
1996 The Newton-Abraham Visiting Professorship at the University of Oxford
2003 The Award of Merit from National Institutes of Health (NIH)
2006 Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Pennsylvania
2006 President of American Society of Gene Therapy

Academic Degrees

1956 A.B. in Chemistry from University of Pennsylvania
1960 M.D. from University of Pennsylvania
1995 M.A. from University of Oxford

Professional Career

1960-1962 Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
1962-1963 U.S. Air Force, Captain, 10th Tac., Hospital, Alconbury, England
1963-1964 University of Cambridge, England, Research Fellow in Colloid Science
1964-1965 Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, and Teaching and Research Fellow, Harvard University
1965-1968 National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
1969-1973 University of California, San Diego, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
1973-1981 University of California, San Diego, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
1981-Present University of California, San Diego, Professor of Pediatrics


  • University of California, San Diego
    Department of Pediatrics
    9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0634, U.S.A.

Major Publications

  • Friedmann T, Roblin R. Gene therapy for human genetic disease? Science 175(25): 949-955, 1972.
  • Willis RC, Jolly DJ, Miller AD, Plent MM, Esty AC, Anderson PJ, Chang HC, Jones OW, Seegmiller JE, Friedmann T. Partial phenotypic correction of human Lesch-Nyhan (hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase-deficient) lymphoblasts with a transmissible retroviral vector. J Biol Chem 259(12): 7842-7849, 1984.
  • Miller AD, Eckner RJ, Jolly DJ, Friedmann T, Verma IM. Expression of a retrovirus encoding human HPRT in mice. Science 225(4662): 630-632, 1984.
  • Yee JK, Moores JC, Jolly DJ, Wolff JA, Respess JG, Friedmann T. Gene expression from transcriptionally disabled retroviral vectors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 84(15): 5197-5201, 4987.
  • Emi, N., Friedmann, T. and Yee, J.-K., “Pseudotype Formation of Murine Leukemia Virus with the G Protein of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus,” J. Virol. 65, 1202-1207 (1991)
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