49th Annual Faculty Research Lecture in Basic Science
Awarded to David Julius, PhD

The Academic Senate is pleased to announce the selection of David Julius, PhD, as the recipient of the 49th Annual Faculty Research Lecture.

Each year this distinction proudly acknowledges the outstanding scientific achievements made by a member of the Academic Senate. Academic Senate members are asked to consider the contributions of their colleagues so that the University community may recognize their achievements.

Date/Location: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 3:30 pm in Cole Hall

David Julius, PhD
         David Julius, PhD

David Julius was born on November 4, 1955 in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, where he attended public elementary and high schools.  David received his undergraduate degree from MIT (1973-77), gaining his first research experience in the laboratory of Alexander Rich studying mechanisms of tRNA aminoacylation.  He then moved to the University of California at Berkeley for graduate studies (1977-84), where he worked with Jeremy Thorner and Randy Schekman to elucidate mechanisms of peptide hormone processing and secretion in Saccharomyces yeast.  For postdoctoral studies (1984-1990), David joined Richard Axel’s group at Columbia University, where his focus turned to neuropharmacology and receptor function.  During this time, David developed novel expression cloning methods that enabled him to identify genes encoding members of the serotonin receptor family.  David then joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (1990), where he is currently Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology.  A major focus of David’s work is to elucidate molecular mechanisms of somatosensation and pain.  His group has exploited the properties of natural products to discover a family of thermosensitive ion channels that enable sensory nerve fibers to detect hot or cold temperatures.

David serves on the Board of Directors of The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  David is married to Holly Ingraham, a Professor of Physiology at UCSF, and their son is Philip Julius.

David has received the following honors and awards in recognition of his scientific contributions:

1976 Eloranta Research Fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1981 University of California Graduate Studies Award
1984 Jane Coffin Childs Fellow
1990 March of Dimes Basil O’Conner Research Award
1990 PEW Scholar in Biomedical Sciences
1990 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award
1990 McKnight Scholar in Neuroscience
1996 Shosaku Numa Memorial Lectureship, Kyoto University, Japan
1997 McKnight Investigator in Neuroscience
1997 Syntex Prize in Receptor Pharmacology
1997 Sir Lewis Thomas Pain Lectureship, University College London
1998 Presidential Symposium Speaker, Society for Neuroscience
1998 Sandler Award in Basic Science, UCSF
1998 Brook Byers Award in Basic Science, UCSF
1999 Louis S. Harris Distinguished Lectureship, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
2000 15th S. W. Kuffler Lectureship, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, MA
2000 1st Perl-UNC Prize in Neuroscience, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
2002 F.O. Schmitt Lectureship, MIT, Cambridge, MA
2003 Jacob Javits Award, NIH/NINDS
2003 11th Yngve Zotterman Prize of the Physiological Society, Stockholm, Sweden
2004 34th Annual Schueler Distinguished Lectureship in Pharmacology, Tulane University
2004 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
2005 7th C.R. Stephen Lecture, Washington Univ. School of Medicine, St. Louis
2005 Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2006 Frederick W.L. Kerr Basic Science Research Award of the American Pain Society
2006 K.J. Zülch Prize for Basic Neurological Research, the Max Planck Society

It is a great privilege for the Academic Senate to have the opportunity to honor his achievements with this prestigious award.

The lecture is open to the campus community and the general public.


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