J. Michael Bishop

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J. Michael Bishop, M.D. was born on February 22, 1936, in York, Pennsylvania. He is an immunologist at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and a Nobel Prize Winner. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989 with Harold E. Varmus for their discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes. He became Chancellor of UCSF Medical School.

In July 2003 he hired, and in December 2007 subsequently fired David A. Kessler, M.D., a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as Dean of the UCSF Medical School. [1][2]


  • Bishop, J. Michael, How to Win a Nobel Prize. An Unexpected Life in Science. Harvard University Press, London, 2003.

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  1. UCSF dean is fired, cites whistle-blowing, Ornstein C. Los Angeles Times; California local news, December 15, 2007
  2. Firing of UCSF dean a climax to years of disputes over finances, Ornstein C. Los Angeles Times; California local news; December 16, 2007

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