Inside Salk; Salk Institute


Salkexcellerators are professionals from varied sectors in San Diego and New York City who share a commitment to supporting scientific discovery at the Salk Institute. Members receive invitations to social events throughout the year featuring talks by Salk scientists about some of the most critical health-related issues of our time. Through their support, the Salkexcellerators fund an annual fellowship for talented postdoctoral scholars, like Jonathan Nassi, Ph.D., this year's fellowship recipient.

Two recent events brought together members for thought-provoking evenings with three of the Institute's most innovative faculty, who presented their latest findings.

On October 30, 2013, the New York Salkexcellerators gathered at the private Norwood Club in Chelsea for a special evening with Reuben Shaw, an associate professor in Salk's Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory. In his talk, "Cancers Are Addicted to Sugar: Targeting Their Demise with Metabolism Drugs," Shaw shared findings from his lab that could lead to new treatments for cancer using existing diabetes drugs.

The San Diego Salkexcellerators gathered at the Institute November 13, 2013, to hear Janelle Ayres, an assistant professor in the Nomis Foundation Laboratories for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, and Satchidananda Panda, an associate professor in the Regulatory Biology Laboratory, speak about two different aspects of diet and health. The evening's program, "Metabolism and Microbial Balance," highlighted discoveries that have changed our thinking about combating disease through eating patterns and stabilizing our immune response with healthy bacteria.

For more information about joining the Salkexcellerators, contact Megan Shockro at 858-453-4100, ext. 1405, or visit