In this issue


Human Connection—How social interaction and isolation influence our physical and mental health

Salk neuroscientists study how our brains allow us to experience, interpret, and interact with the world around us. Many of these researchers are now studying not only the brain alone, but the brain in a social context.

In the News

Salk scientists lead $126 million effort to map the aging human brain

The largest grant in Institute history has established the new Center for Multiomic Human Brain Cell Atlas to detail the many individual cells that make up the human brain—their molecular features, where they are found, and how they change with age.


Gerald Joyce—An organizing force

Joyce was appointed Salk’s senior vice president and chief science officer in early 2022. Inside Salk sat down with him to learn about his research on the evolution of RNA, as well as the evolution of his career, science, and Salk.

In Memoriam

A life in service to science and others: Walter Eckhart exemplified generosity and kindness

Eckhart, professor emeritus and director of the Salk Institute’s National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center and head of the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory for more than 30 years, died on June 21, 2022, at his home in La Jolla, California, at the age of 84.

In Memoriam

Georg Heinrich “Heini” Thyssen-Bornemisza—Salk Institute mourns loss of influential former Board member

Thyssen’s leadership and generosity helped accelerate scientific efforts at the Institute over the years, always with a focus on allowing Salk scientists to continue their pursuit of high-risk, high-impact research. He died on September 30, 2022.


Mallory Zaslav—Valuing the differences in backgrounds and experiences

As vice president of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Zaslav’s forward thinking and advocacy have given shape to a range of impact-driven programming and outreach, furthering Salk’s mission of bettering humanity by pushing the boundaries of innovation and discovery.

Next Gen

Katia Troha—Discovering diets that boost survival during infection

Growing up in Peru, Troha’s love of science was fueled by documentaries on groundbreaking studies like the first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep. She is now a postdoctoral researcher in the Salk lab of Professor Janelle Ayres.

Summer Scholars

Heithoff-Brody High School Summer Scholars program paves the way for future scientists

For more than 30 years, Salk’s Heithoff-Brody High School Summer Scholars program has provided hands-on laboratory experiences for local high school students interested in exploring careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

President’s Letter

“The one constant has been a sense of continual evolution and growth of the leadership team, the community, and the faculty—growth propelled by a commitment to our mission of serving humanity by conducting the most impactful science in a supportive environment.”



Todd Michael receives $2 million to build a genome repository for the cassava plant

Todd Michael receives $2 million to build a genome repository for the cassava plant

Research Professor Todd Michael received nearly $2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to sequence the genomes of multiple lineages of the cassava plant, the large starchy root vegetable also known as yuca root that is consumed in more than 80 countries around the world. A better understanding of cassava genetics will help […]
Janelle Ayres joins Cancer Grand Challenges team tackling cancer cachexia

Janelle Ayres joins Cancer Grand Challenges team tackling cancer cachexia

An international team of researchers, including Professor Janelle Ayres, Salk Institute Legacy Chair, was selected to receive a $25 million Cancer Grand Challenges award to tackle the challenge of cancer cachexia, a debilitating wasting condition that often leads to a poor quality of life for people in the later stages of cancer. Known as the […]
Joseph Swift receives Australia to USA Graduate Education Scholarship

Joseph Swift receives Australia to USA Graduate Education Scholarship

Joseph Swift, a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Joseph Ecker’s lab, received a scholarship from the American Australian Association. As a plant biologist, Swift is driven to conduct research that can help mitigate the effects of climate change. Both Australia and the United States are facing drier futures. To help adapt agriculture, he will study how […]
Wen Mai Wong named  Damon Runyon Fellow

Wen Mai Wong named Damon Runyon Fellow

Wen Mai Wong, a postdoctoral fellow in Associate Professor Sreekanth Chalasani’s lab, was named one of 16 new Damon Runyon Fellows by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. The prestigious, four-year fellowship encourages the nation’s most promising young scientists to pursue careers in cancer research by providing them with independent funding. Wong is using ultrasound […]
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26th Annual Symphony at Salk

26th Annual Symphony at Salk

Salk’s acclaimed annual concert under the stars and largest fundraiser of the year raised more than $1.1 million to support the Institute’s leading-edge research in the fields of aging, cancer, neuroscience, immunology, climate change, and more. The event was held in the Institute’s iconic Courtyard on August 20 and featured a breathtaking performance by Tony, […]
Women & Science: A Discussion on Diversity and Mentorship

Women & Science: A Discussion on Diversity and Mentorship

On November 2, the Salk Women & Science program held a special event to announce the 2022 Women & Science Research Award recipients and discuss the importance of diversity and mentorship. The event featured keynote speaker Lola M. Adeyemo, founder and CEO of EQI Mindset LLC, co-founder and COO of Sapient Logic LLC, and author […]
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