December 01, 2022

The National Institute of Health (NIH) High-Risk, High-Reward (HRHR) program awards more than $200 million to researchers across different stages of their careers, including six UCSF researchers. The HRHR program under the Common Fund supports research that is “transformative, catalytic, synergistic, cross-cutting, and has unique potential in areas of behavioral and biomedical research.  <more>

October 26, 2022

Emily Goldberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology at UCSF where her lab studies how coordination between immune and metabolic systems controls inflammation and chronic disease.  <more>

September 22, 2022

David Julius, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and the Morris Herzstein Chair in Molecular Biology and Medicine who has received medicine’s most prestigious awards, including the 2021 Nobel Prize for co-discovery of receptors for temperature and touch.

Individuals were honored at a ceremony last week. You can learn more about them in these videos available on

September 01, 2022

Eye Movements in REM Sleep Mimic Gazes in the Dream World

Multiple Brain Regions Coordinate to Conjure Wholly Imagined Worlds

By Robin Marks


When our eyes move during REM sleep, we’re gazing at things in the dream world our brains have created, according to a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco. The findings shed light not only into how we dream, but also into how our imaginations work.

October 04, 2021


David Julius, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Morris Herzstein Chair in Molecular Biology and Medicine at UC San Francisco, has won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Julius received the prize jointly with Ardem Patapoutian “for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch,” according to the Nobel committee in Stockholm, Sweden.

May 27, 2020

UCSF Scientist David Julius Has Revealed Molecular Sensors for Heat, Cold, Inflammation and Itch

UC San Francisco biochemist David Julius, PhD, has been awarded the 2020 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for his foundational work describing the molecular machines that allow us to feel heat, cold, inflammation and related physical sensations. His research has opened up new avenues for the development of safe, targeted painkillers that researchers hope will avoid the addictive properties and other side effects of opioids.