2005 News

UCSF Ranks #1 in Chemical Research and Development Funding

For the 2nd consecutive year, UCSF topped all United States universities and colleges in both total and federally financed spending for chemistry research and development. These results reflect data for 2003 from the National Science Foundation. These are the most recent statistics available as of August 2005.

Bacteria Engineered to Produce Images

By genetically engineering microbes to act like biological camera film, UCSF School of Pharmacy assistant professor Christopher A. Voigt, PhD and doctoral students show the potential of the new field of synthetic biology to create useful tools for medicine and technology. Details of this research appeared November 24, 2005 in Nature. • Full story: Scientists engineer bacteria to create living photographs. More information: Synthetic biology: Engineering escherichia coli to see light.

Robert Langridge Named Innovator of Our Time

Robert Langridge, PhD, professor emeritus of the School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, is highlighted as one of 35 innovators of our time by the editors of Smithsonian Magazine in its November 5, 2005 issue. Langridge pioneered the field of computer graphics, which uses special hardware and software to study the structure and interactions of biological molecules and allows researchers to see and manipulate representations of molecules on their computer screens.

Wells Joins UCSF as First Hind Professor

James Wells, PhD, a leader in the development of new technologies to aid drug discovery and protein engineering, joins UCSF as the first holder of the Harry Wm. and Diana V. Hind Distinguished Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Wells will hold joint faculty appointments in the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. Wells is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and co-founder of Sunesis, the South San Francisco pharmaceutical company.

UCSF School of Pharmacy Tops NIH Funding

The UCSF School of Pharmacy was the largest recipient of 2004 research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) among pharmacy schools in the United States. The School's 2004 total NIH award funding was US$23.5 million.

UCSF School of Pharmacy Ranks #1

The UCSF School of Pharmacy maintains its ranking as the best doctor of pharmacy degree program in the United States, according to a survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report.

Voigt Named Sloan Fellow

UCSF School of Pharmacy scientist Christopher A. Voigt, PhD is a 2005 recipient of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Update from the Dean - March 2005

Special Report / Fall-Winter 2005: An overview of School accomplishments based upon a written report that Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD submitted to a UCSF faculty committee as part of a review of her performance as dean from 1998 to 2003. Includes updates from 2003 through March 2005. "My first 5 years as dean...and since" and more.