The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry is one of three departments in the UCSF School of Pharmacy and is under the administrative oversight of the department chair, who reports to the School’s dean. The dean reports directly to the UCSF chancellor, who reports to the UC president, who is accountable to the Regents of the University of California.

The School of Pharmacy—together with the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry, the Graduate Division, and the UCSF Medical Center—form UCSF, which is one of 10 campuses in the University of California (UC) system.

UCSF is intensely collaborative. As a result, department faculty members work with colleagues in research and education programs across UCSF.

Organization chart



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Name Title Reports to Entity
B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD Dean UCSF Chancellor none
Michelle Arkin, PhD Chair B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
William DeGrado, PhD Vice Chair Michelle Arkin, PhD Faculty
Zev Gartner, PhD Vice Chair Michelle Arkin, PhD Faculty
Susan Miller, PhD Vice Chair Michelle Arkin, PhD Faculty
Marley Quirante Interim Chief Administrative Officer Michelle Arkin, PhD Staff


School of Pharmacy Administration


Michelle Arkin, PhD

Chair Michelle Arkin, PhD, leads the formation of the department’s strategic direction and priorities to ensure the continued growth and development of the department and its faculty. She manages the resources required to support the department’s success and creates the conditions for a high-performing and high-functioning work environment for the department’s faculty and staff.

Arkin and the School’s two other chairs work as a team with the dean and School administrators to ensure the School’s continuing leadership, forging collaborations with UCSF colleagues and partners in government, business, and industry to expand the breadth and relevance of the School's work. Each department chair reports to the dean.


Vice chairs

The vice chairs are an internal advisory group appointed by the chair. Each vice chair represents a particular department research area. They explore issues and opportunities facing the department and advise the chair on direction. Each vice chair reports to the chair.

  • William DeGrado, PhD
    • Manages faculty award nominations.
    • Oversees mentoring and career development of junior faculty members, working with John Gross, PhD.
    • Is responsible for the department's web presence and its accuracy and quality.
    • Leads faculty recruitment efforts in the chemical biology area collaboratively with other departments and organized research units; interviews, screens, and evaluates applicants; directs search committee activities.
  • Zev Gartner, PhD
    • Manages faculty service on School, campus, and departmental committees.
    • Provides a role in the recruitment, interviewing, screening, and evaluation of applicants and participates in search committee activities.
    • Supports mentoring to establish junior faculty members as independent researchers.
  • Susan Miller, PhD
    • Facilitates education and training relative to the mission, vision, and goals of the Doctor of Pharmacy and PhD programs.
    • Serves as the department representative in the School of Pharmacy’s accreditation process.
  • The following responsibilities are handled by Chair Arkin until a new vice chair is appointed:
    • Provides oversight and leadership to enhance research in the department.
    • Reviews proposals for appointments and promotions of academic personnel; analyzes and advises on issues related to faculty and non-faculty academic merits, promotions, and appointment packets.
    • Oversees space allocation of faculty laboratories and facilities, guiding and directing the School and campus space policies.



Interim chief administrative officer

The interim chief administrative officer reports to the chair.

Marley Quirante