University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jonathan Weissman, PhD

Jonathan Weissman, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Cellular Molecular Pharmacology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics


Harvard College, A.B., 06/1988, Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., 05/1993, Physics

Professional Experience

  • 1993-1996
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Structural/Biochemical Studies of GroEL, Yale University 
  • 1996-2000
    Assistant Professor, Departments of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, and Biochemistry & Biophysics, UCSF
  • 2000-2003
    Associate Professor, Departments of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, and Biochemistry & Biophysics, UCSF 
  • 2000-present
    Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 2003-present
    Professor, Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, UCSF
  • 2010-present
    Vice-chair of Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, UCSF
  • 2014-present
    Co-Director of Innovative Genomics Initiative of Berkeley and UCSF
  • 2016-present
    Presidents Advisory Committee of the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub

Honors & Awards

  • 1988
    Summa cum laude in Physics, Harvard University
  • 1988
    NSF Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • 1996
    David and Lucile Packard Fellowship
  • 1997
    Searle Scholars Program Fellowship
  • 2004
    Protein Society’s Irving Sigal Young Investigator’s Award
  • 2008
    Raymond & Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics
  • 2009
    Member National Academy of Sciences USA
  • 2009
    David Perlman Award Lecturer of the ACS
  • 2009
    Fellow American Academy of Microbiology
  • 2013
    Marshall Nirenberg Lecturer, National Institutes of Health
  • 2013
    Bashour Distinguished Lecturer, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • 2014
    Max Planck Distinguished Seminar, Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Developmental Biology
  • 2014
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Research Day 2014 Lecturer, Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer in Basic Science, UCSF
  • 2015
    National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery
  • 2015
    12th Annual Albert L. Lehninger Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2015
    Keith R. Porter Lecture Award, American Society for Cell Biology
  • 2016
    Frank H. Westheimer Prize Lecture, Harvard University

Selected Publications