Department says farewell to Brodsky

The Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences bade a fond farewell to colleague and friend Frances Brodsky on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. At a royal-tea-party-themed send-off, Frances was toasted and feted with fond wishes and thanks for 28 years of dedicated service to UCSF.

Frances earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences at Harvard (summa cum laude) and a doctorate in genetics at Oxford, followed by postdoctoral work at Harvard and Stanford. She joined UCSF in 1987.

Kathy Giacomini, professor and CERSI co-director, proposed an elegant champagne toast and presented Frances with a beautiful, hand-etched crystal block featuring the San Francisco skyline and the UCSF seal. More heartfelt remarks followed, as well as a video presentation featuring many of Frances’ colleagues and snapshots of memorable occasions over the course of her distinguished career at UCSF.

Frances, dubbed “The Clathrin Queen,” is now off to London to continue her work. She was delighted with the British party theme, and thanked all who created the event. She said, “… I so enjoyed the attention to detail, the Union Jacks, the English telephone booth and, of course, the clathrin cake. It was wonderful to be able to say goodbye to all my colleagues at UCSF and to be able to thank everyone properly.” 

Desai and Brodsky chat

Department Chair Tejal Desai with the guest of honor.

sheet cakes and a tea set laid out on a table decorated with British flags

Yvette Schollmeier’s homemade “clathrin cake.”

Szoka watches while Brodsky tries on a baseball cap

Frank Szoka presents a Giants cap to Frances.

Brodsky and Szoka

Frank Szoka and Frances Brodsky.

Brodsky holds etched crystal block memento

Frances shows off her parting gift.

Giacomini holds a box with a ribbon

Kathy Giacomini proposes a toast.

About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.