J. Michael Bishop

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
J. Michael Bishop
Nci-vol-8172-300 j michael bishop.jpg
J. Michael Bishop
John Michael Bishop

(1936-02-22) February 22, 1936 (age 86)
Alma materHarvard University
Known forOncogene Virus
Awards Clark Kerr Award (2020)
Scientific career

John Michael Bishop (born February 22, 1936) is an American immunologist and microbiologist who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Harold E. Varmus and was co-winner of 1984 Alfred P. Sloan Prize.[2] He serves as an active faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he also served as chancellor from 1998 to 2009.[3][4][5][6][7]

Education and early life[edit]

Bishop was born in Pennsylvania. He attended Gettysburg College as an undergraduate, where he was a brother of the Theta-Pi Zeta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He later attended Harvard University, where he earned an MD in 1962.[8]


Bishop began his career working for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health. He then spent a year working for the Heinrich Pette Institute in Hamburg, Germany before joining the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco in 1968.[4] Bishop has remained on the school's faculty since 1968, and was chancellor of the university from 1998 to 2009.[6] He is director of the Bishop Lab.[9]

He became the eighth chancellor of UCSF in 1998. He oversaw one of UCSF's major transition and growth periods, including the expanding Mission Bay development and philanthropic support recruitment. During his tenure, he unveiled the first comprehensive, campus-wide, strategic plan to promote diversity and foster a supportive work environment. During this time, UCSF also adopted a new mission: advancing health worldwide™.[10]


Much of this work was conducted jointly with Harold Varmus in a notably long scientific partnership. Their best-known accomplishment[11] was the identification of a cellular gene (c-src) that gave rise to the v-src oncogene of Rous Sarcoma Virus, a cancer-causing virus first isolated from a chicken sarcoma by Peyton Rous in 1910. Their discovery triggered the identification of many other cellular proto-oncogenes—progenitors of viral oncogenes and targets for mutations that drive human cancers.

Awards and honors[edit]

Bishop is best known for his Nobel-winning work on retroviral oncogenes. Working with Harold E. Varmus in the 1980s, he discovered the first human oncogene, c-Src. Their findings allowed the understanding of how malignant tumors are formed from changes to the normal genes of a cell. These changes can be produced by viruses, by radiation, or by exposure to some chemicals.[5][12][13][14]

Bishop is a member of the National Academy of Sciences,[15] the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,[16] and the American Philosophical Society.[17]

Bishop is also a recipient of National Medal of Science in 2003.[7] That same year, his book "How to win the Nobel Prize: An Unexpected Life in Science" was published. He was elected Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 2008.[1] In 2020, Bishop received from the UC Berkeley Academic Senate the Clark Kerr Award for distinguished leadership in higher education.[18]

Archival collections[edit]

The University of California, San Francisco Archives and Special Collections houses a collection of J. Michael Bishop papers, including his laboratory research notebooks, writings, photographs, and other material.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Professor J Michael Bishop ForMemRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-10-21.
  2. ^ NCI Visuals Online: Image Details. Visualsonline.cancer.gov. Retrieved on 2013-11-24.
  3. ^ J. Michael Bishop on Nobelprize.org Edit this at Wikidata, accessed 12 October 2020
  4. ^ a b Autobiography on UCSF Website Archived August 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Nobel Prize press release
  6. ^ a b "Susan Desmond-Hellmann named UC San Francisco chancellor". Archived from the original on 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  7. ^ a b National Medal of Science details
  8. ^ Shampo, Marc A.; Kyle, Robert A. (2002). "J. Michael Bishop—Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology". Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 77 (12): 1312. doi:10.4065/77.12.1312. PMID 12479518.
  9. ^ Bishop Lab. Hooper.ucsf.edu. Retrieved on 2013-11-24. Archived December 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "John Michael Bishop - Biography - A History of UCSF". history.library.ucsf.edu.
  11. ^ Stehelin, D.; Varmus, H. E.; Bishop, J. M.; Vogt, P. K. (1976-03-11). "DNA related to the transforming gene(s) of avian sarcoma viruses is present in normal avian DNA". Nature. 260 (5547): 170–173. Bibcode:1976Natur.260..170S. doi:10.1038/260170a0. PMID 176594. S2CID 4178400.
  12. ^ Michael Bishop archival collection at UCSF
  13. ^ J. Michael Bishop at AccesExcellence.org Archived 2009-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ J. Michael Bishop's lecture: "Cancer: The rise of the genetic paradigm"
  15. ^ "J. Michael Bishop". www.nasonline.org. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  16. ^ "John Michael Bishop". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  17. ^ "APS Member History". search.amphilsoc.org. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  18. ^ "History of the Clark Kerr Award | Academic Senate". academic-senate.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  19. ^ Calisphere J. Michael Bishop Collection: https://calisphere.org/collections/26395/

External links[edit]

Preceded by ASCB Presidents
Succeeded by