Dr. Diana Bautista is the Class of 1943 Memorial Chair and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and of Neurobiology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology & Biochemistry from the University of Oregon, her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University with Dr. Rich Lewis and was a postdoctoral fellow in Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. David Julius. 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 disease conditions. Her research has been recognized by numerous awards, including the 2014 Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award and a 2019 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award, and she was selected as a 2021 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Her current research is focused on neuroimmune interactions in chronic pain, itch and airway inflammation.