2004 News

Systems Biology Changes Approach to Science Questions

Thinking like engineers has transformed a new wave of UCSF scientists into systems experts who use big computers and big technology to ask the biggest question of all: How does life work? A new field called systems biology looks at how all components of biological systems work together. This approach differs radically from the traditional approach to science, which often looked at the workings of individual components within a system.

Update from the Dean - July 2004

Bay Area Screening Center and Center for Chemical Diversity, Breathe Easy Education Program, Center for Computational Proteomics Research, AIDS epidemic in Viet Nam. New faculty members: Veenstra, Vogt, Yokoyama, Kortemme. PharmD professional fees double, governor's compact. First year using PharmCAS. Graduate program funding for international students in jeopardy. Honors, awards, standings: Giacomini, Voigt, Jacobsen, Rudd. We're #1 in NIH funding again. UCSF Medical Center is 6th with U.S.

Koda-Kimble Receives Rho Chi Award

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, is the 2004 recipient of the Rho Chi Society Lecture Award.

Jacobson Receives Sloan Fellowship

UCSF School of Pharmacy scientist Matthew P. Jacobson, PhD is the new recipient of a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Systems Biology Reshapes Science

Some people see a future populated by billions of mechanical micromachines, robots no bigger than a speck of dust that are programmed to do our bidding. UCSF School of Pharmacy researcher Christopher Voigt, PhD sees a different future. He sees living micromachines that can be engineered into a new kind of pharmaceutical. His micromachines are bacteria.

Carl Lovotti Leaves More Than US$6 Million to School

UCSF School of Pharmacy Class of 1915 alumnus Carl Lovotti bequeathed to the School an unexpected estate gift that totals more than US$6 million. Lovotti died in June 2003 at the age of 108. [See the full story on the Lovotti gift][link defunct as of April 10, 2012].

Update from the Dean - February 2004

New faculty members (Sali, Voigt, Chen, Schwarz). Systems biology and complex systems. Results of the school retreat and strategic planning. Awards and appointments (Benet, Shoichet, Winter, Ignoffo, Louie, Soller). Reactions to Governor Schwarzenegger's state budget proposals. $6 million gift from Carl Lovotti.

Five Pharmacy Women at Mission Bay

By early spring 2004, five female scientists from the UCSF School of Pharmacy will have moved to Mission Bay, the University of California San Francisco's new 43-acre research campus.