Society of Research Fellows



The Salk Society of Research Fellows (SRF) is a group comprised of graduate and postdoctoral trainees. The goal of the SRF is to foster a sense of community among the research community at the Salk Institute. SRF activities, organized by a volunteer committee of postdoctoral and student representatives, include the Salk Ambassador Program and SalkFEST.


SRF activities are organized by a volunteer committee of postdoctoral and student representatives. Meetings are in the Fellows room at 12:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, lunch is provided. Please check the Salk calendar for any changes to the room location.

SRF is currently looking for enthusiastic postdoc and student volunteers to join our committee. Be a part of an exciting team involved in organizing career development events and other activities on campus.

The Ambassador Program

What is it?

If you would be willing to be a contact for an incoming scientist and give them guidance and information about the San Diego area, please read on!

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Perhaps the most visible SRF event, SalkFEST is a monthly "happy hour" held on one Friday of each month in the courtyard during nice weather, and in the Foyer during the winter. Attendance is open only to the Salk community, and it is a great chance for some informal social interaction. SalkFEST also helps introduce the new members of our community.

Salk Featured Fellow

The Featured Fellow series allows a productive postdoc or graduate student to present his or her work in an informal seminar setting. The Featured Fellow series is in the Trustees Room at noon on the first Wednesday of every month. Lunch is provided.

The Salk Holiday Food Drive

Our sincerest thanks to all who participated in the food drive. We surpassed our 2500 pound goal and collected 2632 pounds of food, enough to feed over 2000 people!!! Once again, the Salk community has demonstrated their generosity.

This year's contest winner was the Genomic Analysis Laboratory, bringing in over 23 pounds of food per person!

We would also like to give honorable mentions to the laboratories/groups who did a great job in collecting over a hundred pounds each:

  • Genetics (334 pounds)
  • Molecular Neurobiology (232 pounds)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (166 pounds)
  • Neuronal Structure and Function (166 pounds)
  • Library (162 pounds)
  • Chemical Biology and Proteomics (128 pounds)
  • Regulatory Biology (126 pounds)
  • Gene Expression (104 pounds)

We would also like to sincerely thank Jim Crowe and the shipping department for all of their help.

Additional thanks to Ranveer Jayani, Shigeki Miyake-Stoner, Jeff Murry, Talitha Van Der Meulen, Mariana Haedo, Jeniffer Hernandez, Rafael Demarco, and the members of SRF who helped with the barrel pickup.


Through a combination of government programs and partnerships with more than 260 San Diego County non-profit charities, SDFB acts as a central repository and distribution point for government and donated food. Funded by foundations, grants, USDA, corporations, sponsors and individual donors, SDFB distributes more than 10 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of non-profit organizations (e.g., soup kitchens, shelters, low-income daycare centers, senior centers, and disability programs) that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county.

For more information, please visit their website at:
Thanks again to everyone for their participation!

Future Workshops

To be announced.

Past Workshops

2013 Academic Leadership Symposium

Salk, Sanford Burnham, TSRI, and UCSD teamed-up to present the 2013 Academic Leadership Symposium. The sessions were based on the highly successful BWF-HHMI Course in Scientific Management for the Beginning Academic Investigator. This was an intensive scientific management 2-day course designed to equip postdocs and junior faculty with the knowledge and professional competencies to lead innovative and productive programs. Sessions covered leadership, communication, motivation, time management, navigating tenure, and marketing your science. Salk’s very own Dr. Tony Hunter was this year’s keynote speaker! Symposium was presented February 22-23, 2013.

Career Transition to Industry: Cultural Aspects & Best Practices for a Successful Transition & Career presented by Bio4Front

Course Mission
Provide an introductory overview of the life sciences industry designed to increase effectiveness and personal success in the workplace, provide awareness of corporate culture and practices, prepare and equip you for the road ahead.


This was a one-day course developed for postdocs who are thinking of entering the life sciences industry. Participants gained an appreciation of corporate culture and practice, and developed an understanding of industry priorities in the different operational areas, including intellectual property, regulatory affairs, product development and project management. The course format emphasized class participation and group discussion with networking opportunities through the day.

1. Introduction: What is a company, what is meant by corporate culture, how research in industry differs from academic research and what they have in common, why it is important to be aware of new developments and trends affecting the industry.

2. Working in a Regulated Industry: Why the Life Sciences Industry is regulated, how products are regulated and who regulates them, how systems insure product quality, why good practices are good business practice, how adherence to regulation is likely to affect you daily.

3. Creating and Protecting Intellectual Property: how intellectual property has value, how patents are filed and used, how drug patents work, how to keep a trade secret, why confidentiality is important, what you can do to optimize your companies IP value.

4. Project Planning and Management: how principles of product management enable successful execution of complex tasks, how a project’s scope is designed and who is involved, how cost, time and quality are balanced in planning and executing a project, how to manage an ongoing project and control scope creep.

5. Developing Your Professional Skills: Building a skill set, understanding team dynamics, planning effective meetings, developing leadership skills, developing and using your network skills.

Workshop was presented on February 1, 2013.

2013 San Diego Postdoc New Year's Partyand More

Included postdocs, graduate students, and postdoc “alums” from La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, Salk Institute, Sanford-Burnham Institute & UCSD. Party was held on January 17, 2013

Salk Trainee Science Day

A one-day on-site symposium for Salk trainees, to give trainees the opportunity to learn about fellow colleagues' work across the many disciplines at Salk. The day included talks (selected from abstracts) by Salk students and postdocs, a poster session, and a final keynote lecture by Dr. Eric Topel. Symposium was presented on September 13, 2012.

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