Dr. J. Michael Bishop, Chancellor Emeritus of UCSF, serves as a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the GW Hooper Foundation. Bishop joined the UCSF faculty in 1968 and in 1981 assumed the post of Hooper director. He was named UCSF chancellor in February 1998. Since 2004, he also has held the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professorship. While serving as chancellor, Bishop continued to teach medical students and run his distinguished research lab.
Bishop and his colleague Harold Varmus, MD, shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989 for cancer research. Bishop and Glenn Seaborg, who served as chancellor at UC Berkeley from 1958-61, are the only two Nobel laureates to have served as chancellors in the 10-campus UC system.
Dr. Bishop and his team research the genetic underpinnings of cancer, in particular the large group of cellular genes known as proto-oncogenes (see link to the Bishop Lab below).