Biotechnology Archives Collections

Biotechnology Archives Collections

UCSF Faculty Papers

Among the collections relating to biotechnology are the following UCSF Faculty Papers: 

  • Dr. Bruce M. Alberts, prominent science educator and former president of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Dr. J. Michael Bishop, co-recipient with Dr. Harold E. Varmus, of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of oncogenes.
  • Dr. Choh Hao Li, who synthesized human growth hormone.
  • Dr. William J. Rutter, who developed genetically-engineered human insulin.
  • Dr. Gordon Tomkins, who formulated the "metabolic code" as a theoretical approach to understanding the phenomenon of regulation and genetic expression.
  • Dr. Harold E. Varmus, co-recipient with Dr. J. Michael Bishop, of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of oncogenes (three different collections).  The National Library of Medicine also has a page on Dr. Varmus on their Profiles in Science site.  
  • Dr. Keith Yamamoto, an international leader in studying the mechanisms of signaling and gene regulation by intracellular receptors. He also served as Chairman of the Board on Life Sciences at the National Academy of Sciences.

 Guides to these collections and others can be found at the Online Archive of California.  

UCSF Departmental Records

The UCSF Archives also holds departmental records such as Annual Reports for the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Oral Histories

In 1992, the UCSF Department of the History of Health Sciences initiated the UCSF Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Oral History Series in order to document contributions to these fields by major campus scientists.

This series provides a factual, contextual, and personal history of the development of molecular biology and biotechnology at UCSF.

Oral histories have been recorded with Dr. William J. Rutter, Dr. Herbert W. Boyer, and Dr. Keith R. Yamamoto.

Edited, indexed, and approved transcripts of the oral histories are deposited in the UCSF Archives & Special Collections Department, as well as in the National Library of Medicine, and the Recombinant DNA Oral History

Oral histories related to biotechnology (including individuals from UCSF as well as other institutions) are also available in the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, and online.