Where Cures Begin

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

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
Our Science
Learn more about research that strives to unlock the fundamental principles of biology.
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
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.
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
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Inside Salk Magazine
Winter 2020 issue
Explore the latest issue of our magazine featuring recent discoveries and events.
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
Uri Manor
Assistant Research Professor
Director of the Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Core
Researchers trace spinal neuron family tree
New ways to classify and study spinal cord neurons could inform therapies for illness or injury
April 22, 2021
Announcing Season Three of Salk’s Podcast “Where Cures Begin”!
"Where Cures Begin" explores the lives of scientists and discoveries at the Institute
San Diego Nathan Shock Center announces first grant awardees at inaugural training workshop
Six grant recipients received up to $15,000 each for studies on the variability of cellular aging in humans
April 21, 2021
Salk’s Sreekanth Chalasani wins 2021 NPA Gallagher Mentor Award
April 16, 2021
In surprising twist, some Alzheimer’s plaques may be protective, not destructive
Salk scientists find brain’s immune cells form some plaques as a defense in Alzheimer’s, suggesting a new therapeutic direction
April 15, 2021
Chimeric tool advanced for wide range of regenerative medicine, biomedical research applications
The findings on cellular communication hold promise for early human development, disease progression and aging, as well as organ transplantation and for testing therapeutics
April 15, 2021
Dannielle Engle awarded prestigious pancreatic cancer research grant honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg
April 12, 2021