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The Program in Human Biology is an interschool, interdepartmental, undergraduate major. The program's mission is to provide an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the human being from biological, behavioral, social, and cultural perspectives.


Director's Message

Dear HumBio Students,

Welcome back. HumBio has been abuzz with activity the past year, from our new B.S. option to innovative classes to our new on-line declaration system “SFACT” (not a piece of furniture you buy at Ikea).
While students were away this summer, the HumBio staff were busy writing the latest edition of the HumBio newsletter, and organizing HumBio's 45th Celebration to take place on Friday, October 21, 2:30-5:30 pm, of Reunion Homecoming Weekend. What a day to remember this will be, with the installation of President Marc Tessier-Lavigne earlier in the morning and then our “festschrift” of guest speakers to honor the inimitable Professor Bill Durham.  I heartily encourage you to attend the reunion celebration, as your presence will add synergy to the afternoon festivities.  You’ll meet scores of friendly HumBio alumni who not only survived the Core, but also loved it enough to return. They are living examples of the many ways you can apply your degree. You can scope out the afternoon program, and register at (registration is free).
As for me, this is my fifth year directing Human Biology.  You will find me all over the campus, inside and outside Building 20, in the Quad, and even sometimes the Core.  I'm a HumBio product myself, class of '84, with my area of concentration (“depth”) then "Social Aspects of Child Development". I did a stint as head TA for the B-side of the Core, before leaving Stanford in 1985 for UCSF, Johns Hopkins, and Penn. I've been back on the Farm since 1997, in the medical school where I practice neurology and oncology, and I bring much of that work to life in my winter quarter class, Human Biology 154C, "Cancer Epidemiology.” (check it out)
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. Please email me any time you want to connect.
Paul Graham Fisher, MD
The Bing Director, Human Biology
The Dunlevie Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
The Beirne Family Professor of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology


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