University of California Medical Dept. founded in San Francisco.1947
University of California becomes important test center for experimental treatments of terminally ill cancer patients.1953
Stanford Medical School's decision to move from San Francisco to Palo Alto leads to many doctors and scientists eventually making the switch to UCSF.1969
Gene pioneer Bill Rutter arrives as head of UCSF's biochemistry department and creates intense collaborative atmosphere. (Thirteen years later, he founds biotech star Chiron.)1976
J. Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus discover cancer genes. Same year, UCSF scientist founds Genentech, kicking off Bay Area's biotech industry.1989
Bishop (right) and Varmus win Nobel Prize for work on cancer genes. Meanwhile, collaborative research efforts attract increasing federal funding and private donations. UCSF becomes known for pioneering AIDS research.1996
City of San Francisco and Catellus Corp. donate 43 acres of land to expand space-starved UCSF campus. Mission Bay campus, when completed in 2020, will double space for UCSF research and classes.2003
UCSF boasts more than two dozen members of National Academy of Sciences among faculty and one of the heftiest research coffers in the country.