Where Cures Begin

We explore the very foundations of life for the benefit of all.

Salk Institute receives Charity Navigator’s highest rating for tenth consecutive time
Honor recognizes Institute’s commitment to fiscal transparency and accountability
June 15, 2021
Our Science
Learn more about research that strives to unlock the fundamental principles of biology.
“Bad fat” suppresses killer T cells from attacking cancer
Salk researchers identify how tumors cause immune cells to lose their ability to fight cancer, opening new avenues for therapies
June 10, 2021
Support Salk
Now more than ever. Basic science is essential to our health.
In addition to Salk’s ongoing foundational, collaborative science exploring basic biological principles and research areas relevant to COVID-19, several new coronavirus-specific projects have recently launched. These innovative projects range from understanding the structure of the virus to mobilizing the body’s immune reaction.
Harnessing Plants Initiative: The Salk Solution
There are many ways to address the issue of climate change, and here at Salk we focus on making plants much more efficient at capturing and storing carbon.
Conquering Cancer Initiative
Salk researchers combine foundational biological research with advanced biomedical technologies, keying in on five deadly cancers: breast (triple negative), brain (glioblastoma), pancreatic, lung and ovarian.
Statement on the Current Operations at the Salk Institute due to COVID-19
The Salk campus remains closed to the public at this time.
June 22, 2020
Every cure begins with you.
Research advances one step closer to stem cell therapy for type 1 diabetes
Salk research shows how to optimize the production of insulin-producing cells from stem cells
June 7, 2021
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Inside Salk Magazine
Spring 2021 issue
Explore the latest issue of our magazine featuring recent discoveries and events.
Salk Fellows Program welcomes Talmo Pereira
June 2, 2021
John Reynolds
Systems Neurobiology Laboratory
New study shows how to boost muscle regeneration and rebuild tissue
Salk research reveals clues about molecular changes underlying muscle loss tied to aging
May 25, 2021
Announcing Season Three of Salk’s Podcast “Where Cures Begin”!
"Where Cures Begin" explores the lives of scientists and discoveries at the Institute
Salk scientists reveal role of genetic switch in pigmentation and melanoma
Study suggests that turning molecular switch off could be a strategy to treat deadly type of skin cancer
May 18, 2021
Distinguished bioengineer Christian Metallo to join Salk as a full professor
Metallo takes a multi-disciplinary approach to studying how metabolism contributes to disease
May 7, 2021
Transforming atmospheric carbon into industrially useful materials
Salk scientists quantify process to permanently store plant-captured CO2 as SiC, a valuable material for electronics
May 6, 2021
The novel coronavirus’ spike protein plays additional key role in illness
Salk researchers and collaborators show how the protein damages cells, confirming COVID-19 as a primarily vascular disease
April 30, 2021
Salk scientists reveal how brain cells in Alzheimer’s go awry, lose their identity
New technique models brain cells in older patients more accurately than ever before
April 27, 2021