Dr. Yuh-Nung Jan is a Jack and DeLoris Lange Professor of Molecular Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Jan completed his undergraduate studies in physics at National Taiwan University in 1967. He continued his graduate and postdoctoral training at California Institute of Technology, where he switched from physics to biology. After additional postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, in 1979, Jan joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, where his lab studies the development and function of the nervous system, focusing in the mechanisms of dendrite development and dendritic morphogenesis.
For his scientific contributions, Jan was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (1996), the Academia Sinica, Taiwan (1998), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007). Together with his lifelong collaborator, Dr. Lily Jan, he received the 2017 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science. Visit his lab website and learn more about Jan’s research.