Reunion Alumni Spotlight

Phyllis C. Tien


Get to know Phyllis Tien who is celebrating her 30th class reunion this year. As an undergraduate student at Cal, Phyllis studied Molecular Biology and was part of Gamma Phi Beta. She is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a Staff Physician at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

What are you doing now?

I’m a Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco, where I spend most of my time doing clinical and translational research in HIV and HCV infection and their effects on organ injury.  My personal accomplishments are having two wonderful kids, who are now teenagers and being able to travel all over the world with them and my husband; being able to run in half marathons and marathons with them, albeit much slower than them.

What Cal Experience Helped You?

Cal experiences that helped me get to where I am now - the amazing peer tutors at the Student Learning Center who helped me through my pre-med courses!

What advice would you give to current Cal students?

Enjoy all that Cal has to offer - the diversity, the people that will challenge your beliefs and make you stronger for it, the team spirit at the Cal sports games, stimulating your mind and creativity at the Berkeley Art Museum and lecture series’ Cal has to offer.  Seek out your professors and get to know them!

Did you have a favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot was the International House Café!