Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Planning

The Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan represents the conclusion of the first phase of work for inclusive and strategic site planning for the Parnassus campus. It also signifies the culmination of over two years of work by a group of committed stakeholders dedicated to excellence in all mission areas of the University and most keenly at the Parnassus campus. The current phase of this effort calls for developing specific program objectives and parameters for research at the Parnassus site, and that is the charge of the Parnassus Research Space Programming Task Force, which is focused on the overarching goals of research at UCSF, above and beyond the individual and specific programmatic areas of expertise of the group's members. Vice Chancellor of Research Lindsey Criswell serves as chair.  

Parnassus Research Space Programming Town Hall: On April 27, members of the Parnassus Research Space Programming Task Force held a virtual town hall in which they shared preliminary ideas for organizing the research enterprise at Parnassus in light of the University's plan to build a new Research and Academic Building (RAB) that will expand space for research labs and facilities and provide much-needed flexibility to upgrade outdated research infrastructure.  View the recording of the town hall. Note: During the last 15 minutes of the town hall, the audience was polled to gauge reaction to several of the ideas presented. Viewers of the recording are welcome to also participate in these polls.  Please email [email protected] if you wish to share any feedback.

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub)

The CZ Biohub vision is to develop and apply the technologies that will enable doctors to cure, prevent or manage all diseases during our children’s lifetime. Along the way, they will work with partners to map every cell in the human body and will rapidly address emerging health threats – think Zika virus. They’ll do it by collaborating on a global scale, and using the most advanced technology to go after disease with a radically new approach.

Collaboration is at the heart of everything they do. It starts with bringing together—for the first time—three of the world’s leading biomedical research institutions: UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UCSF. As they move forward, they will reach out to colleagues at other institutions, and in the Silicon Valley tech community, to build momentum and cultivate new ideas in the global fight against disease.


UCSF and Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland (Children’s Oakland) affiliated in January 2014, and Children’s Oakland is now commonly referred to as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (BCHO). UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Through the affiliation agreement, UCSF is now the sole corporate and voting member of that corporation. Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) is a biomedical research institute that is a department of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.  Bridging basic science and clinical research in the treatment and prevention of human disease, CHORI is involved in translational research, providing cures for blood diseases, developing new vaccines for infectious diseases, and discovering new treatment protocols for previously fatal or debilitating conditions.  


SF BUILD's mission is to enhance diversity of the biomedical research workforce by transforming the teaching and research environments at San Francisco State University. SF BUILD creates engaging and supportive spaces where students and faculty can safely represent different backgrounds and perspectives. Additionally, in partnership with UCSF, students and faculty receive training and mentoring to make significant contributions to biomedical research by asking innovative questions that are relevant to local communities.