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UC celebrates its newest Nobel Prize

David Julius & Ardem Patapoutian

David Julius, Ph.D., and Ardem Patapoutian, Ph.D., have jointly won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

On Monday, Oct. 4, David Julius, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Morris Herzstein Chair in Molecular Biology and Medicine at UC San Francisco, and Ardem Patapoutian, Ph.D., a UCLA alum and former UCSF postdoctoral fellow, jointly won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch,” according to the Nobel committee in Stockholm, Sweden.

“Congratulations to David Julius and Arden Patapoutian on this richly-deserved honor,” said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “Their discoveries on pain sensation represent a major breakthrough in how we understand human perception. Insights like these hold immense promise for patients.”

Read President Drake’s statement

Learn about David Julius

Learn about Arden Patapoutian

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