October 17, 2021
David Jay Julius (born 1955 in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York) is an American professor at the University of California, San Francisco. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2021 along with Ardem Patapoutian for discovering receptors for temperature and touch. The two received the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience in 2020. Julius graduated in 1977 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1984, he received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, under the two doctoral supervisors Jeremy Thorner and Randy Schekman. In 2010, he won the Shaw Prize for his work in identifying ion channels involved in various aspects of nociception (pain). In 2014, he was honored by Johnson & Johnson with the Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research for the discovery of the molecular background to pain and thermoception (heat sensation).