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.

February 27, 2020

Why Pain Is So Hard To Treat 

“We use ‘pain’ as one word, but I think it reflects a panoply of different disorders,” says David Julius, chair of physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, who has spent decades trying to understand how humans perceive pain.

Pain can be recovery from a broken ankle or a pulled wisdom tooth. It can be migraines, or backaches, or the burning of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, or debilitating sickle cell episodes. Pain can be in muscles, bones, nerves. 

December 26, 2019


Dr. Abigail Buchwalter has been awarded the 2019 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grant for Junior Faculty.

Dr. Abigail Buchwalter has been awarded for "Defining drivers and consequences of ribosome biogenesis deregulation during mammalian aging."

December 20, 2019


Drs. Lily and Yuh-Nung Jan (, named as recipients of the 20th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize.

Dr. Lily Jan and Dr. Yuh-Nung Jan have been awarded for the “discovery and functional characterization of potassium channels.”

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October 18, 2019

The 49th Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research has been awarded to Ardem Patapoutian and David Julius for their fundamental and far-reaching studies of the molecular mechanisms of touch, temperature and pain. Read more