Congratulations to our own Ron Vale for winning the 2012 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award!
Ron receives this award with collaborators Michael Sheetz of Columbia University and James Spudich of Stanford University.
The award was given for discoveries concerning cytoskeletal motor proteins, machines that move cargoes within cells, contract muscles, and enable cell movements.
The Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology (CMP) within the UCSF School of Medicine pursues two related academic goals:  to discover new knowledge through innovative research on chemical and biological phenomena;  to transmit knowledge to students (graduate students, postdoctoral colleagues, and students and fellows in medicine, pharmacy and dentistry) at the conceptual and empirical levels
Research in CMP spans a broad range of studies. Included are analyses of the mechanisms and biological consequences of the interactions of drugs and other small molecule ligands with receptors, channels, and cellular organelles, hormonal and sensory signal transduction, cytoskeleton-based intracellular motility, cell movement and migration, synaptic transmission and plasticity, protein design and structure prediction, protein folding, structure and function, and RNA-protein interactions. Experimental approaches include genetics, chemistry and crystallography; experimental systems stretch from yeast to human. (See more details under Faculty.)
CMP is the administrative home to the graduate education program in Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Other graduate studies with Department faculty are carried out within two consortium programs, Biomedical Sciences (BMS) and the Program in Biological Sciences (PIBS); inquiries should be directed to those programs. Inquiries regarding postdoctoral research in CMP should be addressed to individual faculty members. For other information, search this Web Site or contact the CMP administrative staff.