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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.
Three Salk scientists named  to endowed chairs

Three Salk scientists named to endowed chairs

Salk scientists Katherine Jones, Susan Kaech and Gerald Shadel have been recognized for their contributions and dedication to advancing science through research by being named to endowed chairs at the Institute.
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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.
Lyumkis goes back to basics

Lyumkis goes back to basics

Recently promoted Assistant Professor Dmitry Lyumkis presented at the most recent Salk Back to Basics event, discussing the use of cryo-electron microscopy to understand the atomic structures of viral machinery used by HIV and other illnesses to infect the body.
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.
Salk hosts <em>Uranium + Peaches</em>

Salk hosts Uranium + Peaches

The Salk Institute was home to the premiere performance of the one-act play Uranium + Peaches. The event, devoted to exploring science and its social consequences, was generously underwritten by Joan and Irwin Jacobs and included a panel discussion after the play.
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