QBC faculty members DeRisi and Wells elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Renowned UC San Francisco pioneers in cancer, biochemistry, medical genetics and pharmaceutical sciences have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which recognizes the world’s most accomplished leaders in science, humanities, arts, business and public affairs.

  • Joseph L. DeRisi, PhD, is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF, specializing in molecular biology, parasitology, genomics, virology and computational biology.

  • James A. Wells, PhD, chairs the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the UCSF School of Pharmacy and is the Harry Wm. and Diana V. Hind Distinguished Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCSF. Wells studies signaling processes in human cells to find both activators and inhibitors of cancer pathways.



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About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy aims to solve the most pressing health care problems and strives to ensure that each patient receives the safest, most effective treatments. Our discoveries seed the development of novel therapies, and our researchers consistently lead the nation in NIH funding. The School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, with its unique emphasis on scientific thinking, prepares students to be critical thinkers and leaders in their field.