July 17, 2017
Statement from Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, President of the Salk Institute, on Diversity and Inclusion

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Statement from Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, President of the Salk Institute, on Diversity and Inclusion - July 17, 2017
Statement from Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, President of the Salk Institute, on Diversity and Inclusion

Statement from Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, President of the Salk Institute, on Diversity and Inclusion


I’m saddened that an institute as justly revered as the Salk Institute is being misrepresented by accusations of gender discrimination in two recent lawsuits (see the link below for more details). Our stellar scientists, both female and male, hail from 46 countries around the world and all bring their unique and valuable perspective to our efforts to unravel biological mysteries and discover cures.

I am a female scientist. I have been successfully pursuing scientific research with passion and energy for my entire career. I am not blind to the history of a field that has, unfortunately and sometimes unconsciously, favored males. But I would never preside over an Institute that in any way condoned, openly or otherwise, the marginalizing of female scientists. The Salk Institute and some of the greatest female scientific minds in the world have always worked together for their mutual benefit and the benefit of humanity.

At every place where I have had a leadership voice—the World Economic Forum, the President’s Council, the American Society for Cell Biology, the American Association for Cancer Research, our nation’s prestigious universities, and many committees—I have emphasized diversity and inclusion. That’s an undebatable tenet of mine. Important biological research that is going to impact humanity and improve the condition of our people and our planet is difficult work. Thus we need the best minds in the world— regardless of race, gender or nationality—to help us discover solutions.

This is what we do at the Salk Institute and what we will continue to do: work together to help people live longer, healthier lives.

Click here to read the statement from July 13, 2017»