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For PSPG graduate Angel Ku, DACA gives a chance to fight cancer

Angel Ku, PhD, has no memory of not being an American. Born in Mexico, the 29-year-old spent all but the first 18 months of his life in America. But because he’s undocumented, going to college and graduate school was a struggle.

Today, Ku is a full-time cancer researcher at a Bay Area oncology company, having earned this spring a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG) from UC San Francisco. His doctoral thesis covered possible treatments for notoriously hard-to-treat tumors with a particular mutation in the KRAS gene.

The path to an oncology lab in Northern California was no easy journey, but Ku never gave up. His determination to succeed, along with assistance from organizations that guide immigrants to college, and his mentors at UCSF, helped him achieve his dream. Read more here.

Publication highlight: Beau Norgeot's Nature Paper

A call for deep-learning healthcare

Beau Norgeot, Benjamin S. Glicksberg & Atul J. Butte

Nature Medicine volume 25, pages14–15 (2019)


Publication highlight: Hayley Donnella's Nature Chem Bio Paper

2018 Aug;14(8):768-777. doi: 10.1038/s41589-018-0081-9. Epub 2018 Jun 25.
Kinome rewiring reveals AURKA limits PI3K-pathway inhibitor efficacy in breast cancer.

Graduate Division Alumnus of the Year - Mark Dresser!

Mark Dresser, Pharmaceutics PhD ’00, Head of Development Sciences at Denali Therapeutics, will receive the 2019 Graduate Division Alumnus of the Year Award during Alumni Weekend in San Francisco on April 12-13, 2019.

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PSPG student Emmalyn Chen advocates for Graduate Education at the California Capitol!

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California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis greets UCSF graduate students Emmalyn Chen and Ariel Krauss, and Elizabeth Watkins, PhD, dean of the Graduate Division and vice chancellor of Student Academic Affairs, outside of the California Capitol. The UCSF group traveled to Sacramento on March 19 to meet with lawmakers and advocate for UC graduate studies and research.

UCSF Sets New Record For NIH Funding


UC San Francisco was the top public recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2018, the 12th year in a row that UCSF claimed the top spot among public institutions, and the eighth straight year in which the University ranked second overall among institutions nationwide. Read more:



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