Research Areas

Aging and Regenerative Medicine

Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting sicker. We are committed to discovering the fundamental causes of aging and finding new ways to prevent and treat aging-related diseases.

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Cancer Biology

We are rapidly demystifying cancers, exposing the molecular mechanisms underlying tumors and leading the search for the next generation of targeted cancer therapies. We see a future where every cancer and every patient has a cure.

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Immune System Biology

In a world full of dangers, from bacterial infections to cancer, our immune system is our fortress. We study the immune system and the bacteria of our microbiome to boost our ability to fight off numerous diseases.

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Metabolism and Diabetes

We are working to understand human metabolism and what happens when this biological system breaks down. The problem is more important than ever, given the increasing burden that diabetes and other metabolic dysfunctions have on human health and society.

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Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders

New technologies are allowing us to explore the brain as never before. We are entering a new era in neuroscience where our knowledge of the brain matches the urgent need to prevent and treat disease of the brain.

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Plant Biology

To match human population growth, world agricultural production must double over the quarter century. At Salk, we study plants so that humans will have the food, clothing, energy and medicines they need now and in the future.

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