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Tibby Russell Signature Society

1968: The year Tibby Russell conducted the first successful bone marrow transplant in mice to cure a disease (anemia) • 41: Years spent at The Jackson Laboratory • 1955: Year in which Tibby Russell published her discovery of the first mouse model for muscular dystrophy
Named after Elizabeth "Tibby" Russell, who performed the first successful bone marrow transplant in mice.

Your privileges include all Margaret Green Signature Society privileges, plus:

Events with JAX leaders

  • Invitation to four Discovery lunches with faculty and leadership covering different disease and research program areas, including Alzheimer’s, addiction, cancer, diabetes, rare diseases and more.

Exclusive communications

  • Receive periodic round-up news emails highlighting JAX research reported in the media.
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Tibby Russell Donor Honor Roll View Tibby Russell Donor Honor Roll…
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  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adelman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bass
  • Mrs. Lizabeth Becton-Read
  • Carolyn Bennett
  • Richard and Susan Bingham Fund
  • Robert and Genie Birch
  • Michael J. Blessing, Esq.
  • Frank and Barbara Boyle
  • Nancy Brown
  • Jean Bybee
  • David and Susan Cabot
  • Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Cabot
  • Ronald and Marlene Carpenter
  • Jane C. Carr
  • Dr. Margaret S. Coffey '76 and Dr. Tom K. Coffey
  • Joseph M. Cohen
  • J Taylor and Suzanne Crandall
  • Mr. Daniel J. DeSimone
  • Ms. Josephine Detmer
  • Rogie Dickey
  • Mr. Ross Dworman
  • Mr. Paul Emple
  • Jacqueline Fawcett, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald Feith
  • Stephen Fletcher
  • JoAnne Goodnight
  • Douglas Grahn
  • Mrs. Francoise M. Haasch-Jones and\ Mr. Rhett L. Jones
  • Charles E. Hewett, Ph.D., and Jacqueline K. Hewett
  • GayLynn and Mel Jackson
  • Richard W. and Nancy Jackson
  • W. R. and Anne Jackson
  • E. Thomas Johnson and Joyce M. Sullivan
  • Mrs. Christine Kiernan
  • Samantha Knowlton, M.D.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Kogod
  • Fernand and Nicole Lamesch
  • Kate and Rick Lannamann
  • Marion H. Lavy
  • Mr. Sam R. Little
  • Katy Longley
  • Drs. Diane Louie and Paul Rothenberg
  • Jane C. MacElree
  • Carolyn Hansen Montgomery
  • Dorothy Suzi Osher
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peck
  • Lou and Joan Perry
  • John Reny
  • Charles M. Rice
  • Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe
  • Hilda K. Roderick and Family
  • Paul Russell
  • David Sandberg, M.D.
  • David E. Shaw
  • Sophie Nicholson and Tarek Sherif
  • Mr. Winthrop A. Short
  • Hon. and Dr. Warren M. Silver
  • Irving I. Silverman
  • Janice Stanton
  • Howsie Stewart
  • Mr. Carl W. Stiewe and Ms. Maike Rohde
  • Peter Stogis
  • Miguel Browne and Silvija Strikis
  • Mr. Donald H. Swan
  • The Alexis and Susan Te Charitable Foundation, a Donor Advised Fund of The Renaissance Charitable Foundation
  • Sally Thomas
  • Nick and Joan Thorndike
  • Ms. Pamela M. Thye
  • Tom and Beth Volpe
  • Ms. Hedda W. Von Goeben
  • Mrs. Elisabeth L. Walts
  • Paul and Helen Weaver
  • Mr. Caspar Weinberger Jr.
  • Constance S. White, M.D.
  • Diana and Bill Wister
  • Roslyn and George Wright
  • James and Helen Wright
  • Mr. Brian F. Wruble
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Yellowlees

Additional Information

  • Your gift may be designated to a particular disease or educational program.
  • The Helix Fund does not include gifts to endowments or capital funds.

About Elizabeth “Tibby” Russell, Ph.D.

When Elizabeth “Tibby” Shull Russell, Ph.D., passed away in 2001 at age 88, she left a legacy of personal strength and determination. She was an outstanding geneticist, who, because she was married to another JAX scientist, could not be on the payroll and worked as an unpaid investigator at the Laboratory until 1947, when they divorced. Her contributions include the first successful bone marrow transplantations in mice to cure anemia.

That same year, 1947, a fire destroyed the Laboratory. Russell was chosen to coordinate the long and laborious retrieval of Jackson Laboratory mice from scientists around the world so that the lost inbred strains could be reestablished. She was then instrumental in creating a completely isolated facility at JAX to protect all the inbred strains represented.

Russell repeatedly demonstrated the usefulness of mouse models for the study and development of therapies for genetic human diseases. The first model for muscular dystrophy was discovered in her mouse colony. The successful bone marrow transplantations she and her colleagues performed in the 1960s on mice preceded the development of similar treatment protocols for humans. The study of the genetics of aging was fostered by her longevity studies in genetically different mice.

Born in Ann Arbor, MI, Russell matriculated at the University of Michigan when she was 16 and graduated, Phi Beta Kappa and first
in her class, with an A.B. in zoology in 1933, at the height of the Depression. She obtained a scholarship to Columbia University, where she received her master’s in 1934. She received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1937.

Russell mentored and supported summer students all 41 years she was at the Laboratory. Retirement did not slow her down. She became even more involved in the health and education fields in Maine, where she served on the Governor’s Task Force on Education in the 1980s and, at age 77, taught a genetics course in West Africa.