Members With Scientific Distinction

Members of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center exemplify extraordinary scientific distinction as measured by prestigious national and international honors.

Important UCSF cancer research from the 1970s includes seminal work by Drs. J. Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus, who were awarded the 1989 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discovery of oncogenes. Today, UCSF investigators build on that legacy of prize-winning research. Current Cancer Center members who have been honored for outstanding scientific achievements include the following:

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel is awarded to the person(s) who has made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine.


Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and Clinical Medical Research

The Lasker, known as "America's Nobel," honors a researcher whose accomplishments have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, or cure of one of the great crippling and killer diseases of our century.


Member, National Academy of Sciences

The NAS is a society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare.


Fellow, Royal Society

The RS is the independent scientific academy of the UK, dedicated to promoting excellence in science.


Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh

The RSE is the independent scientific academy of Scotland, dedicated to promoting excellence in science.


Member, Institute of Medicine

The IOM aims to advance and disseminate scientific knowledge to improve human health, and provides objective, timely, authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy.


Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The Academy is an international learned society composed of the world's leading scientists, scholars, artists, business people, and public leaders.


Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The HHMI is a nonprofit medical research organization that employs hundreds of leading biomedical scientists working at the forefront of their fields, and helps to enhance science education at all levels and maintain the vigor of biomedical science worldwide.