David Julius, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology 
University of California, San Francisco 

David Julius, Ph.D., is professor and chair of physiology and Morris Herzstein Endowed Chair in Molecular Biology and Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. His research is focused on understanding the molecular basis of temperature and pain sensation. For example, work from his lab helped identify why capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their heat, causes a burning sensation. Dr. Julius has received numerous awards, including the inaugural Julius Axelrod Prize from the Society for Neuroscience, the Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, and the NINDS Senator Jacob Javits Award in the Neurosciences. Dr. Julius earned an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.