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Desai wishes mentor Chien happy retirement
Chien, international giant in bioengineering, celebrates a lifetime career
By Katherine Krebs / Mon Oct 28, 2019
Chien was recently feted at a two-day symposium on October 3 and 4 in his honor at the Lifetime Academic Achievement Celebration at UCSD. Among those paying tribute, UCSF Chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences Tejal Desai, PhD, recalled how Chien had encouraged her early in her career. “He remains an inspiration to this very day,” she said.
“In 2016, when UCSF hosted the annual BIC (Bioengineering Institute of California) symposium, Dr. Chien enthusiastically encouraged our young scientists and attended every session,” said Desai, 17th BIC symposium chair.
Chien was awarded the National Medal of Science and has been elected into all three National Academies (Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine).
“Dr. Chien is an absolute giant in the field. We will miss him. We wish him and his wife K.C. a long and happy retirement,” said Desai.
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.