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Diana Bautista, PhD

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Diana Bautista, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bautista received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University and was a postdoctoral fellow in Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. She joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2008. Dr. Bautista’s lab studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of itch, touch and pain, under normal and pathophysiological conditions. Her research has been recognized by numerous awards, including the 2013 Handwerker Prize in Itch Research, the 2014 Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award, a 2016 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar Award and the 2017 Gill Transformative Investigator Award. Her current research is focused on neuroimmune interactions in chronic pain and itch.