Inder Verma

Professor

Laboratory of Genetics

American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology

Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Science

Inder Verma
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Don’t kill the messenger RNA

LA JOLLA—FedEx, UPS, DHL—when it comes to sending packages, choices abound. But the most important delivery service you may not have heard of? mRNA. That’s short for messenger RNA, which …


Scientists find key driver for treatment of deadly brain cancer

LA JOLLA—Glioblastoma multiforme is a particularly deadly cancer. A person diagnosed with this type of brain tumor typically survives 15 months, if given the best care. The late Senator Ted …


Molecular “brake” stifles human lung cancer

LA JOLLA–Scientists at the Salk Institute have uncovered a molecule whose mutation leads to the aggressive growth of a common and deadly type of lung cancer in humans.

This enzyme, called …


Immune system-in-a-dish offers hope for “bubble boy” disease

LA JOLLA–For infants with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), something as simple as a common cold or ear infection can be fatal. Born with an incomplete immune system, kids who have …


Salk scientists deliver a promising one-two punch for lung cancer

LA JOLLA–Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered a powerful one-two punch for countering a common genetic mutation that often leads to drug-resistant cancers. The dual-drug therapy–with analogs already in …


Memory relies on astrocytes, the brain’s lesser-known cells

LA JOLLA—When you’re expecting something—like the meal you’ve ordered at a restaurant—or when or when something captures your interest, unique electrical rhythms sweep through your brain.

These waves are called gamma …


Salk lab turns skin cells into human airway tissue

LA JOLLA—Using reprogrammed skin cells, researchers have for the first time used stem cell techniques to grow fully functional assemblies of the cells that line airways leading to the lungs. …


Scientists reveal potential link between brain development and breast cancer gene

LA JOLLA—Scientists at the Salk Institute have uncovered details into a surprising—and crucial—link between brain development and a gene whose mutation is tied to breast and ovarian cancer. Aside from …


Aggressive brain tumors can originate from a range of nervous system cells

LA JOLLA, CA—Scientists have long believed that glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive type of primary brain tumor, begins in glial cells that make up supportive tissue in the brain …


Salk scientists discover molecular link between circadian clock disturbances and inflammatory diseases

LA JOLLA, CA—Scientists have known for some time that throwing off the body’s circadian rhythm can negatively affect body chemistry. In fact, workers whose sleep-wake cycles are disrupted by night …


Salk researchers find new drug target for lung cancer

LA JOLLA,CA—Drugs targeting an enzyme involved in inflammation might offer a new avenue for treating certain lung cancers, according to a new study by scientists at the Salk Institute for …


Salk Institute molecular biologist Inder M. Verma named PNAS editor-in-chief

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announces the appointment of Inder M. Verma, Ph.D., as editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the official NAS …


Salk findings may give clinicians a way to detect cancer earlier

LA JOLLA, CA—More than 230,000 women in United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, of which nearly 10% will have mutations in either BRCA1 or 2 genes. …


New technique boosts efficiency of blood cell production from human stem cells

LA JOLLA, CA—Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have developed an improved technique for generating large numbers of blood cells from a patient’s own cells. The new technique …


Renewal of Agreement Between Ipsen and Salk Supports Cutting-Edge Research

LA JOLLA, CA—Ipsen and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies announced today that they are renewing the Ipsen Life Sciences Program at the Salk Institute. The mission of the partnership …


Conversion of brain tumor cells into blood vessels thwarts treatment efforts

LA JOLLA, CA—Glioblastoma, the most common and lethal form of brain cancer and the disease that killed Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, resists nearly all treatment efforts, even when attacked simultaneously …


The mouse with a human liver: a new model for the treatment of liver disease

LA JOLLA, CA—How do you study—and try to cure in the laboratory—an infection that only humans can get? A team led by Salk Institute researchers does it by generating a …


Salk technology at the heart of gene therapy success

LA JOLLA, CA—Using a gene therapy delivery system developed in the laboratory of Inder Verma at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, an international team of researchers successfully treated two …


Genetic Re-disposition: Combined stem cell-gene therapy approach cures human genetic disease in vitro

La Jolla, CA—A study led by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, has catapulted the field of regenerative medicine significantly forward, proving in principle that a human genetic …


Salk Scientist Inder Verma to Receive 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award from American Society of Gene Therapy

La Jolla, CA—Salk Professor Inder M. Verma, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading authorities on the development and use of engineered viruses for gene therapy, has been named the 2009 …


Salk Receives $6.6 Million Grant to Develop Stem Cell-Based Treatments for Incurable Diseases

La Jolla, CA — The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has been awarded a $6.6 million grant – the largest single award in the latest competition — by …


Inder Verma Named First Incumbent of the Irwin Mark Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Sciences

La Jolla, CA — The Salk Institute today named principal investigator Inder M. Verma the first incumbent of the Irwin Mark Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Sciences. Established …


Salk researchers develop novel glioblastoma mouse model

La Jolla, CA – Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have developed a versatile mouse model of glioblastoma—the most common and deadly brain cancer in humans—that closely resembles …


Multi-tasking molecule holds key to allergic reactions

La Jolla, CA – As the summer approaches most of us rejoice, reach for the sunscreen and head outdoors. But an ever-growing number of people reach for tissue instead as …


PNAS article by Salk scientists wins 2007 Cozzarelli Prize

La Jolla, CA – The editors of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) selected the article “Targeted delivery of proteins across the blood-brain barrier” by Brian J. …


Dr. Inder Verma Named Recipient of the 2008 Vilcek Foundation Prize

La Jolla, CA – The Vilcek Foundation has named Salk professor Dr. Inder Verma as the recipient of its 2008 prize in biomedical science. The honor is awarded annually to …


New chimeric mouse model for human liver diseases, drug testing

La Jolla, CA – Cells cultured in the lab are like a fish out of water. Often, their behavior does not reflect their biological function within an entire organ or …


Salk Institute receives a $2.3 million stem cell research facility grant

La Jolla, CA – The Salk Institute for Biological Studies was awarded a $2.3 million share of the stem cell research facilities grants approved by the …


Salk researchers successfully deliver protein across the blood-brain barrier

La Jolla, CA – Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have overcome a long-standing problem in biology by equipping a protein with a small homing device, …


Salk scientists named 2006 AAAS Fellows

La Jolla, CA – Professors Terrence J. Sejnowski and Inder Verma have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow. Election as a Fellow of the American Association …


Mouse study reveals human X-SCID gene therapy poses substantial cancer risk

La Jolla, CA – New animal studies conducted at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies show that the only human gene therapy treatment to date …


‘Fail safe’ mechanism that helps keep inflammation in check

La Jolla, CA – Shutting down a master activator of the body’s inflammatory response – which is the goal of several experimental drugs now in development for the treatment of …


Inflammation’s Trigger Finger

La Jolla, CA – A molecule found in nearly all cells plays a vital role in kick-starting the production of key biological molecules involved in inflammation, a group of Salk …


Male Sex Hormones Cooperate With Breast Cancer Gene To Suppress Tumors, Salk Scientists Find

La Jolla, CA – BRCA-2, a gene linked with breast and ovarian cancer, cooperates with male sex hormones to enhance its ability to activate transcription of genes, which may suppress …


Gene Transfer Reduces Levels of Key Alzheimer’s Disease Protein

La Jolla, CA – A molecule that naturally degrades a protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease appears to reduce the levels of that protein by nearly 50 percent when delivered by …


Gene Therapy Reverses Male Infertility In Salk-led Study

La Jolla, CA – A team led by Salk Institute scientists has used gene therapy to reverse infertility in male mice. Treated mice produced healthy offspring that did not contain …


Mice cured of hemophilia by Salk gene therapy protocol

La Jolla, CA – With the aid of a common virus used to ferry a clotting factor gene into liver cells, a team led by researchers at The Salk Institute …


Education

MSc, Biochemistry Lucknow University, India
PhD, Biochemistry, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology, (with David Baltimore), Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Awards & Honors

  • 2014 Fellow, American Association for Cancer Research
  • 2011 Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings fo the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
  • 2010 Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Award for Cancer Research
  • 2010 Spector Prize
  • 2009 American Society of Gene Therapy's Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 2008 Vilcek Foundation Prize in Biomedical Science
  • 2007 Cozzarelli Prize
  • 2006 AAAS Fellow
  • 2006 American Philosophical Society

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