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.

Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine

Often considered the "Nobel Prize of Asia," the Shaw prize honors individuals who have achieved significant breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or applications, and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind.

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, National Academy of Medicine 

Formerly the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine provides national and international advice on issues relating to health, medicine, health policy, and biomedical science. 

Fellows, 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.