2011 News

Michael Nordberg becomes associate dean, finance and administration

Michael Nordberg, MPA/HSA, is the newly appointed associate dean of administration and finance for the UCSF School of Pharmacy. He served the position as interim associate dean from July 1, 2009 to September 26, 2011 when he accepted the position full time at the completion of a comprehensive recruitment for the job.

Bo Huang receives NIH New Innovator Award

Bo Huang, PhD, a faculty member of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, has been named a recipient of a 2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award.

The award, given to 49 new investigators this year, including two other UCSF scientists in the School of Medicine, provides funding of up to $300,000 annually over the next five years to support Huang’s research.

Xiaokun Shu awarded funding for infrared fluorescent protein research

Xiaokun Shu, PhD, a faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, has been awarded $165,000 in first-year funding under the UCSF Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research (PBBR) effective October 1, 2011.

The PBBR, which receives its primary support from the Sandler Foundation, focuses on potentially high impact projects “that are substantially more creative or risky than projects supported by the NIH and other traditional funding sources.”

Michael Williams named to lead UCSF School of Pharmacy IT

Michael Williams, MA, is the first executive director of academic, administrative, and research technology for the UCSF School of Pharmacy, effective August 1, 2011.

Update from the Dean - Spring/Summer 2011

Faculty awards: Cutler, Fujimori, Huang, Wells. New faculty members: Abate, VanOsdol, Rodondi. Retiring faculty members: Kahl, Shafer, Wang, Kayser, Koo. PharmD students: Campbell, Wheeler, Ho, Lam, Campbell, Loucks, Marotto, Huynh, Luu, Chua, Stephens. PhD students: Gray. New appointments: Penick Brock, Williams. Research update: Giacomini, Uskokovic, Long-Boyle, Cheng, Guglielmo, Phillips, Bero, Kayser, Dennehy, Finley, Burchard, Burlingame, Wells, Jacobson, Fujimori, Renslo, Prusiner.

School of Pharmacy biotech symposium features case histories of future pharmaceuticals

The 2nd Annual Bay Area Biotechnology Symposium, presented by the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Industry Outreach Program in coordination with the UCSF Postdoctoral Scholars Association at Mission Bay in late May 2011, fully lived up to its billing: “Pharmaceuticals of the Future: Case Histories and Challenges.”

Patrick Finley provides medication therapy management to patients with depression

Psychiatric pharmacist Patrick Finley, PharmD, BCPP, spends his days not behind the pharmacy counter, but in the clinic interviewing patients with depression, determining the provisional diagnosis, selecting and prescribing medications, and working with patients over the long haul to make sure their medications are right for them.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry postdoc job fair draws crowd

A job fair to help postdoctoral fellows and final-year PhD graduate students in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy connect with private industry amid a brightening job market drew a packed house on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus on May 10, 2011.

Searle Scholar awards go to UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty 2 years in a row

Danica Fujimori, PhD, a faculty member in the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine has been named a 2011 Searle Scholar. Her UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty colleague, Bo Huang, PhD, earned the honor in 2010.

A Year in the Life of PhD Student Robin Aglitti

Robin Aglietti committed to taking one photo each day for calendar year 2010, and she succeeded. The kind of commitment needed to carry out this self-imposed photo assignment is also needed to be a scientist, she explains.

Aglietti is a PhD graduate student in the Chemistry and Chemistry and Chemical Biology program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She works in the laboratory of John Gross, PhD, a UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member.

James Wells receives the Bristol-Myers Squibb Smissman Award

James Wells, PhD, chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy, has been honored with the 2011 Bristol-Meyer Squibb Smissman Award. The Smissman Award calls attention to a senior scientist whose work has had a substantial impact on the intellectual and theoretical development of medicinal chemistry. Wells is known for the discovery and design of small molecules that trigger or modulate cellular processes.

Update from the Dean - Fall/Winter 2011

US$1 billion budget gap, student fee increases likely to continue, Levens Lipton keynote address to CPhA, Nkansah and the Dr.

Charles Craik recognized as an AAAS fellow

Charles Craik, PhD, a UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, has joined the ranks of elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He, along with four UCSF colleagues, was recognized on February 19, 2011 during the Fellows Forum at the AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C.. Election is bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers and recognizes meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

Zev Gartner to lead study on the interactions of cells in breast cancer

Zev Gartner, PhD, a faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, will lead a US$3.2 million grant to study the interaction of different types of cells in breast cancer at its earliest stages. Research results might ultimately identify new classes of targets for anticancer drugs.