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2012 Alumni Award Honorees

UC San Diego has a history of disrupting the status quo, of looking deeper — beyond the surface. The same is true of the 200,000 Tritons out there in the world: alumni who are making a difference at home, in their communities and around the globe.

OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS

William A. Lee, M.Sc. '79, Ph.D. '82

William A. Lee, M.Sc. '79, Ph.D. '82

Dr. William A. Lee is senior vice president, research and pharmaceutical development, at Gilead Sciences, the second largest research-based biopharmaceutical company in the world. He has over 20 years of research and product development experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is co-inventor of Roche’s Cellcept, a drug prescribed to patients who have kidney, heart or liver transplants. Lee also led Gilead’s efforts in HIV research, drug therapy and discovery, and holds several other patents as a co-inventor.

DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP

Jan Tuttleman, M.B.A. '06

Jan Tuttleman, M.B.A. '06

Jan Tuttleman is the former vice president of marketing for Huya Bioscience International, and a business development and licensing consultant for Progenetor, Inc. She has been an angel investor in early stage life science companies in San Diego and has devoted significant time and resources to UC San Diego’s Rady School of Business, where she currently serves on its Dean’s Advisory Council. She led Rady’s 2006 Class Campaign effort in raising $250,000 and has been a generous contributor to the school ever since graduation, including establishing the Michael Kriegler Endowed Lectureship and Graduate Fellowship in memory of her late husband.

EMERGING LEADER

Albert Yu-Min Lin, Muir '04, M.S. '05, PH.D. '08

Albert Yu-Min Lin, Muir '04, M.S. '05, PH.D. '08

Albert Yu-Min Lin is a research scientist at the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society in the field of technology-enabled exploration. He is currently involved in a major international multidisciplinary effort known as “The Search for Genghis Khan.” Lin and his team have conducted several expeditions in Mongolia, and have zeroed in on what they believe may indeed be the last resting place of Genghis Khan.

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