Martin Hetzer

Vice President, Chief Science Officer

Professor

Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory

Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation Chair

Martin Hetzer
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Heart disease, leukemia linked to dysfunction in nucleus

LA JOLLA—We put things into a container to keep them organized and safe. In cells, the nucleus has a similar role: keeping DNA protected and intact within an enveloping membrane. …


Salk Institute names Martin Hetzer as Chief Science Officer

LA JOLLA—The Board of Trustees for the Salk Institute has approved the appointment of Martin Hetzer, a professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, to the position of Vice …


Researchers learn how to grow old brain cells

LA JOLLA–For the first time, scientists can use skin samples from older patients to create brain cells without rolling back the youthfulness clock in the cells first. The new technique, …


Not all organs age alike

LA JOLLA–Aging is typically thought of as the gradual decline of the whole body, but new research shows that age affects organs in strikingly different ways. A study published September …


Protein plays unexpected role in embryonic stem cells

LA JOLLA–What if you found out that pieces of your front door were occasionally flying off the door frame to carry out chores around the house? That’s the kind of …


Salk’s Glenn Center for Aging Research receives an additional $3 million gift from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute has received a $3 million gift from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research to allow the Institute to continue conducting research to understand the biology of …


Salk researchers identify potential biomarker for cancer diagnosis

LA JOLLA,CA—Scientists studying cancer development have known about micronuclei for some time. These erratic, small extra nuclei, which contain fragments, or whole chromosomes that were not incorporated into daughter cells after cell …


Discovery of extremely long-lived proteins may provide insight into cell aging and neurodegenerative diseases

LA JOLLA, CA—One of the big mysteries in biology is why cells age. Now scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies report that they have discovered a weakness in …


Salk Institute promotes latest generation of extraordinary scientists

LA JOLLA, CA—After undergoing an extensive review process by Salk senior faculty, Non-Resident Fellows, and scientific leaders in their respective fields, Leanne Jones and Satchidananda Panda have been promoted to …


Nuclear pores call on different assembly mechanisms at different cell cycle stages

LA JOLLA, CA—Nuclear pores are the primary gatekeepers mediating communication between a cell’s nucleus and its cytoplasm. Recently these large multiprotein transport channels have also been shown to play an …


Nuclear pore complexes harbor new class of gene regulators, offer clues to gene expression and cancer

LA JOLLA, CA—Nuclear pore complexes are best known as the communication channels that regulate the passage of all molecules to and from a cell’s nucleus. Researchers at the Salk Institute …


Salk Scientist Wins 2009 Aging Research Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation

La Jolla, CA—Dr. Martin Hetzer, Hearst Endowment associate professor in the Salk Institute’s Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, has received a 2009 Senior Scholar Award in Aging from the Ellison …


The breakdown of barriers in old cells may hold clues to aging process

La Jolla, CA – Like guards controlling access to a gated community, nuclear pore complexes are communication channels that regulate the passage of proteins and RNA to and from a …


Salk scientists solve mystery behind how nuclear membrane forms during mitosis

La Jolla, CA – Just how a dividing cell rebuilds the nuclear envelope, the protective, functional wrapping that encases both the original and newly copied genetic material, has been a …


Researchers solve mystery of how nuclear pores duplicate before cell division

La Jolla, CA – Researchers have long wondered how nuclear pores – the all-important channels that control the flow of information in and out …


Education

Undergraduate degree, University of Vienna, Austria
PhD, Biochemistry and Genetics, Vienna Biocenter, Austria
Postdoctoral work at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany


Awards & Honors

  • 2015 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Transformative Research Award
  • 2013 Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging
  • 2009 ASCINA Award (Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America)
  • 2009 Early Career Life Science Award, American Society of Cell Biology
  • 2009-2013 Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging
  • 2009-2013 American Cancer Society Research Scholar
  • 2005 Pew Scholar
  • 2000-2003 APART fellow
  • 1998-2003 EMBO long term fellowship
  • 1997 Austrian science award in Genetics
  • 1997 Erwin Schroedinger fellowship