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Salk Institute

Scientific research institute focused on neuroscience, genetics, immunology, plant biology and more

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused on both discovery and mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.

Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.

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Details last updated 04-Feb-2019

People at Salk Institute

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte

Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Director at San Diego Institute of Science, Altos Labs

Rusty Gage

Professor of Genetics, President at Salk Institute

Satchidananda Panda

Professor, Regulatory Biology Laboratory at Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Joon Yun

Korean-American physician, hedge-fund manager and Silicon Valley investor

Gerald Shadel

Professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory and holds the Audrey Geisel Chair in Biomedical Science at Salk Institute

Michael Downes

Senior Staff Scientist at Gene Expression Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Gencer Sancar

Postdoctoral reseacher at Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Satchidananda (Satchin) Panda

Professor at Salk Institute.

Pradeep Reddy

Staff Scientist at Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Ronald Evans

Professor at Salk Institute.

Victoria (Vicki) Lundblad

Professor in Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory at Salk Institute.

Dave Schubert

Professor and Laboratory Head of Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory at Salk Institute.

Salk Institute News

Cell malfunctions can cause information leakage and trigger inflammation

University of Virginia School of Medicine - 05-Mar-2024

The discovery may improve inflammation treatment and anti-ageing interventions


Targeting senescent cells could be a useful approach for slowing/treating Alzheimer’s disease

Salk Institute - 01-Dec-2022

How senescent neurons lead to Alzheimer’s disease, effect on removal and drugs needed for therapy


Long-term partial reprogramming reversed ageing process in mice

The Guardian - 07-Mar-2022

Yamanaka factors restored youthfullness in aged cells, raised hope for new anti-ageing therapies


A new potential way to treat diabetes without insulin

New Atlas - 04-Jan-2022

Hormone, like insulin, controls blood sugar levels via a better molecular pathway


Study finds multiple health benefits from time restricted eating (TRE)

EurekAlert! - 17-Aug-2021

Strong protection against fatty liver disease seen in mice regardless of age and sex


Synthetic fisetin used to identify new target in fight against Alzheimer's

New Atlas - 05-Aug-2020

CMS121 lowered levels of fatty acid synthetase (FASN) which inhibited lipid peroxidation


Combination of two molecules, a potential treatment for osteoarthritis (LEAF) - 19-May-2020

Raises hope to end the extensive physical and psychological suffering the condition brings


The constant development of stem cell technology

GEN News - 02-Dec-2019

Gene editing and stem therapy together could bring far superior treatment methods


Reversing epigenetic changes rejuvenated mice with progeria

MIT Technology Review - 08-Aug-2019

Could turning back the clock on genes make us live much longer?


Mysterious epigenetic marks and their impact on our life

Mosaic - 21-May-2019

Yamanaka factors may be the solution for reversing age-related diseases


An Algorithm to predict biological age from skin cells

The Pew Charitable Trusts - 08-Feb-2019

Will give insights into how biological and chronological age vary among people


Cells of living mice rejuvenated using OSKM trigger in drinking water (LEAF) - 17-Jan-2019

More support for the SENS approach of regular maintenance to stop ageing


Fisetin destroys senescent cells, but safe dosage not determined yet (LEAF) - 26-Dec-2018

Includes table of fisetin content in range of fruits and vegetables


Wounds Healed With Reprogrammed Skin Cells

Singularity Hub - 14-Sep-2018

A topical solution converts cells from wounds into skin to repair tissue without scarring


Can Aging Genes Be Altered by a Face Cream?

vogue - 21-Jul-2018

A French company claims to have a cream capable to reprogram skin cells


Inhibition of ageing maybe the solution for Alzheimer's

The San Diego Union-Tribune - 19-Jan-2018

Will be successful than drugs targeting specific aspects of Alzheimer's


Anti-ageing breakthrough: Reprogramming the body could extend lifespan

Independent - 15-Dec-2016

Previous attempts resulted in younger cells but the mice developed tumours. Salk Institute Salk ...


Biologists discover the key mechanism that triggers human ageing

ScienceAlert - 01-May-2015

Accumulated alterations in the structure of heterochromatin may be a major underlying cause of ce...