Program Description

The UCSF-Genentech Clinical Development Fellowship Program partners two leaders in academia and biotechnology to provide an immersive, innovative, mentored, two-year experience that combines academic clinical investigation with pharmaceutical industry training for PharmDs in their early postdoctoral years. The objective of this program is to better prepare pharmacists to properly conduct clinical trials, perform safety surveillance and risk management, develop research methodologies, and manage scientific and ethical issues in research and drug development.

Fellows will work with research and clinical faculty at UCSF—a world-renowned teaching institution that focuses on the health science.  They will participate in clinical research, patient care, learn via interdisciplinary didactics, and present and publish results of scholarly work.

In partnership with Genentech, a leading biotechnology company in serious or life-threatening medical conditions, fellows will gain experience in clinical development and build core competencies in clinical and safety sciences that will prepare them for an exciting career in the biotechnology​/​pharmaceutical industry.

Please view our latest PDF iconprogram brochure here and some words from our former fellows here.


Application deadline

October 29, 2021 (5:00pm)

Start date

July 1, 2022


2 years

Genentech training (~3-4 days/week)

  • Immersion in safety science (50%) and clinical science (50%)

  • Attendance at oncology focused professional conferences

UCSF training (1-2 days/week)

  • Mentored experience in clinical investigational drug services, with preceptorship duties during 2nd year of fellowship

  • Formal training in designing clinical research and the responsible conduct of research

  • Weekly seminars on principles of clinical pharmacology, collaborative, basic, and clinical research, or special topics in oncology

  • Teaching pharmacy students in small group facilitation, large group didactics, and OSCE examinations

Other program features and details

  • Individualized training plan and multiple mentors to support you through your fellowship

  • Leadership and skills development workshops alongside other Genentech fellows, UCSF fellows, and UCSF pharmacy residents

Training and licensure requirements

  • Priority consideration will be given to candidates with residency training

  • PharmDs must obtain licensure in California prior to 10/31/2022, but are encouraged to obtain licensure shortly after graduation in order to be able to fully serve on clinical service.

How to apply

Applicants should utilize the Qualtrics Portal Link Here to submit all application materials.

The application will request your demographic information (entered into Qualtrics) plus the following items

  1. A letter of intent (1-2 pages, addressed to Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD and Leslie Floren, PharmD)

  2. Your current curriculum vitae
  3. Your pharmacy school transcripts

    1. Best choice:  electronic file attached to the Qualtrics application

    2. Second choice:  electronic file emailed to [email protected]

    3. Third (less ideal) choice:  Mailed to Jennifer Cocohoba, 521 Parnassus Avenue 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94143

  4. Three letters of recommendation (sent separately to [email protected])

    1. PDF iconlor_form.pdf

    2. Please include at least one letter from a full-time faculty member

All materials including letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline. Candidates will be notified by email of their application status (application complete, missing documents, etc.). After initial screening, a proportion of candidates will be invited for a 2-hour interview to take place virtually November 18 or November 19th.  After these first round interviews, a small number of candidates will be invited for a second round of interviews to take place on the Genentech South San Francisco campus early in December 2021.

Learn more

We will be hosting informational Q&A webinars on the following dates. Please allow adequate time to connect to the Zoom platform. These webinars will not be recorded. A portion of the webinar is dedicated for prospective applicants to have Q&A time with the current fellows.  We do this so that our current fellows are not overwhelmed with requests for individual meetings -- there are often several interested candidates and only a few fellows, so we try to be considerate of their time.

Thursday 08/26/21 12:10 pm-12:50pm

Join link Join Zoom on 8/26
Meeting ID

917 8515 3637

Password 721599

Tuesday 09/21/21 12:10 pm-12:50pm

Join link Join Zoom on 9/21
Meeting ID

916 2706 8636

Password 442648

Friday 10/22/21 12:10 pm-12:50pm

Join link Join Zoom on 10/22
Meeting ID

990 5685 7899

Password 965936



Leslie Floren, PharmD, MA, DABCP
Adjunct Associate Professor

Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine

[email protected]


Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Department of Clinical Pharmacy

UCSF School of Pharmacy

[email protected]

Brian Simmons, PharmD, MS

[email protected]

Susan Eng, PharmD

[email protected]

Image credits: Floren: © Majed