• Healthy Aging Initiative
  • Dynamic Brain Initiative
  • Cancer Initiative
  • Genomic Medicine
  • Plant Science

Endowing the Future

To support leading scientists providing answers to life’s most vexing health questions, the Salk needs to build a robust unrestricted endowment. Salk scientists push the boundaries of knowledge and their explorations take them in unexpected directions.

Inspiring Discovery

Jonas Salk changed the world. Inspired to rid civilization of polio, he used basic science to solve its mysteries and in the process helped alter the future of science, medicine and human health.

Advancing Technology

The Salk Institute is leading the emerging field of single molecule imaging. Using state-of-the-art tools in our Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center, investigators observe how single molecules function in real time.

Training Scientists

The Salk trains the next generation of distinguished scientists, and reaches out to the community to introduce an even younger group of students to science.

Recent Salk Discoveries


Salk scientists use Amazon Cloud to view molecular machinery in remarkable detail.
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Diabetes drug could hold promise for lung cancer patients.
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Chromosome "anchors" organize DNA during cell division.
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More than 3,000 epigenetic switches control daily liver cycle
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