Craik elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Charles S. Craik, PhD, joins the 237th class of newly elected members of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences who will be inducted on October 7, 2017 at a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Craik is a faculty member in the School’s Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and director of the Quantitative Biosciences Consortium (a consortium of five UCSF PhD degree programs).

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing—and opportunities available to—the nation and the world. Members contribute to American Academy publications and studies in science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts, and education; and American institutions and the public good.

Craik is a research leader on the roles and mechanisms of enzymes, in particular proteases, in complex biological processes and on the development of technologies to enable this research—all with the ultimate goal of more rapid detection, monitoring, and control of infectious diseases and cancer.

He is a prolific contributor to the scientific literature, a teacher and mentor of PhD science students and postdoctoral scholars, and an advisor to scientific boards and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Craik in lab with personnel

Charles S. Craik, PhD (right), working with personnel in his lab.

He earned both an MA and a PhD in chemistry from Columbia University and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Emil Thomas Kaiser Award from the Protein Society. He was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in 2013, an honor reserved for “inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society,” according to the NAI.

Joining Craik on this year’s American Academy membership roster is pulmonologist Dean Sheppard, MD, a member of the UCSF School of Medicine faculty.

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Dean Sheppard, Charles Craik Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences


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