Department plan 2014–2019

Our plans support our mission in research, education, and patient care as well as our commitment to the faculty and staff who bring that mission to life.


  • Recruit, retain, and support faculty members with outstanding research programs in:
    • Computational biology and systems pharmacology
    • Drug development and regulatory sciences
    • Pharmacogenomics and genomics
    • Therapeutic bioengineering


  • Provide faculty leadership and an administrative home for graduate educational programs at UCSF, including:
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG)
    • UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering (BioE)
    • UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Master of Translational Medicine program (MTM)
  • Support postdoctoral training by maintaining an excellent postdoctoral program in clinical pharmacology
  • Develop, direct, and teach courses for professional Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and PhD science students, building on departmental expertise at the intersection of quantitative, engineering, and therapeutic sciences


  • Provide outstanding educational and outreach programs for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including:
    • Pharmacokinetics for Pharmaceutical Scientists (PK Course)
    • American Course in Drug Development and Regulatory Sciences (ACDRS)
  • Support research core facilities:
    • Biomedical Micro and Nanotechnology Core (BMNC), which supports research programs of UCSF faculty and students as well as external groups
  • Establish, support, and foster collaborative educational programs with top universities around the world in the quantitative, engineering, and pharmaceutical sciences

Administrative Home and Finances

  • Provide a fiscally responsible administrative home for department faculty members, including mentoring and support for development of research, teaching, and leadership skills
  • Actively support professional development for staff members

Our plans in context

The plans developed and executed by the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences support the broader School of Pharmacy strategic plan. These in turn support the UCSF strategic plan (archived version). All UCSF plans support the continued success of the 10-campus University of California system.