In this issue

Frontiers

The immune system: a question of balance

The immune system is a powerful biological force—a liquid organ that permeates our bodies. Diverse immune cells are constantly on patrol, hunting for miscreants to roust: bacteria, viruses, tumors, cellular trash. The immune system keeps us safe in a hostile world…

Observations

Rusty Gage

Complacency has never been part of Fred (Rusty) Gage’s genetic make-up, neither as he has ascended to the ranks of the world’s most renowned neuroscientists nor as he’s taken the helm as President of the Salk Institute…

Next Gen

Emily Manoogian

When Emily Manoogian was growing up, “scientist” wasn’t even on her list of potential careers. First Manoogian wanted to be a Broadway tap dancer; then a gymnast; later, a lawyer; and finally, towards the end of high school, a veterinarian…

President’s Letter

“We are so very thankful for the passionate community of individuals and organizations dedicated to Salk, helping to guide the Institute and empower our researchers to transform the future of humanity as Jonas Salk did.”

Rusty Gage
President, Salk Institute

Discoveries

Spotlight

Salk takes aim at five of the deadliest cancers

Salk takes aim at five of the deadliest cancers

The Conquering Cancer Initiative is a roadmap to the future of cancer care and will empower our world-renowned research team to transform cancer therapy. The initiative was formally launched April 20 at a special event with former Vice President Joe Biden providing a keynote address to the more than 300 people in attendance.
Inaugural Trailblazer Awardee Catherine Rivier

Inaugural Trailblazer Awardee Catherine Rivier

Professor Emerita Catherine Rivier was honored with the inaugural Trailblazer Award from Salk Women & Science. The Trailblazer Award recognizes outstanding achievements made by women in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Mathematics) field.
Salk faculty receive promotions

Salk faculty receive promotions

In recognition of their continued excellence in research and innovation, two Salk faculty received promotions within the institute. Xin Jin was promoted to associate professor and Dmitry Lyumkis was promoted to assistant professor.
Salk Assistant Professor Saket Navlakha named Pew Scholar

Salk Assistant Professor Saket Navlakha named Pew Scholar

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced that Saket Navlakha of Salk’s Integrative Biology Laboratory is one of 22 researchers named a 2018 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Additionally, Navlakha is one of five Pew Scholars also supported by the Kathryn W. Davis Peace by Pieces Fund to investigate health challenges in the brain as it […]
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Events

The Salk Institute Council gathers to explore next-generation science

The Salk Institute Council gathers to explore next-generation science

The Salk Institute Council held its annual gathering on Salk’s campus. Salk ambassadors and philanthropic leaders received the latest research updates on our scientific initiatives. Attendees had an opportunity to participate in exciting discussions surrounding these presentations in addition to dinner with faculty and leadership.
Salk Women & Science honors awardees, reveals new insights into climate research

Salk Women & Science honors awardees, reveals new insights into climate research

(Pictured above) Salk Women & Science Special Award Recipients (above, left to right): Kathleen DelGiorno, Cuiqing Zhong, Neeraja Vegesna, Shani Stern, Kathleen Quach, Rusty Gage (President), Lydia Daboussi, Emily Manoogian and Isabella Farhy-Tselnicker. Not pictured: Shefali Krishna. A Salk Women & Science event took place on March 21, giving attendees a chance to hear from […]
The Heithoff-Brody Summer Scholars program

The Heithoff-Brody Summer Scholars program

The Heithoff-Brody High School Summer Scholars program represents a lasting expression of Jonas Salk’s desire to provide young learners with a foundation on which they can become scientific leaders. Participants are able to work in the labs, and they receive a stipend for their work, as well as hands-on experience. This year, 12 students participated […]
Salkexcellerators continue transforming science

Salkexcellerators continue transforming science

Salkexcellerators are a dynamic group of influencers, based in San Diego and New York City, who share a commitment to supporting scientific discovery at Salk. As part of the program, they are invited to come to Salk and participate in lab tours and meet-and-greets with faculty who benefit from their generous support.
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