Martin Hetzer

Vice President, Chief Science Officer

Professor

Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory

Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation Chair

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos

Videos


Protein turnover could be clue to living longer

It may seem paradoxical, but studying what goes wrong in rare diseases can provide useful insights into normal health. Researchers probing the premature aging disorder Hutchinson-Gilford progeria have uncovered an errant protein process in the disease that could help healthy people as well as progeria sufferers live longer. Read more »


Salk researchers identify potential biomarker for cancer diagnosis

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 division, are associated with specific forms of cancer and are predictive of poorer prognosis. Read more »


New insights into cell aging and neurodegenerative diseases

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 a component of brain cells that may explain how the aging process occurs in the brain.

The scientists discovered that certain proteins, called extremely long-lived proteins (ELLPs), which are found on the surface of the nucleus of neurons, have a remarkably long lifespan. Read more »


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