The
Power
of
Science

We explore the very foundations of life for the benefit of all. Founded by Jonas Salk, polio vaccine developer, the Salk Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization that consistently ranks as a top 5 elite research institute and is home to some of the most highly cited scientists in the world.

"Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors."  –Jonas Salk

Research Areas

Meet Our Faculty and Scientists

The Salk Institute is home to a highly collaborative cadre of scientists who delve into a broad range of research areas, from aging, cancer and immunology to diabetes, brain science and plant biology. They are supported by on-campus research centers and core facilities equipped with cutting-edge technology.

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The Power of Science

The Campaign for Discovery is the Salk Institute’s seven-year, $750 million comprehensive fundraising campaign. The goal is to attract the people and build the technology and space necessary for innovation in six critical areas: cancer, healthy aging, plant biology, immunobiology, neuroscience, and computational biology.

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The Power of Science

The Campaign for Discovery is the Salk Institute’s seven-year, $750 million comprehensive fundraising campaign. The goal is to attract the people and build the technology and space necessary for innovation in six critical areas: cancer, healthy aging, plant biology, immunobiology, neuroscience, and computational biology.



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Stories of science and the people who bring it to life

Join the Salk Institute's exclusive new media channel to learn more about how we are changing the world.

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Read the Latest Issue of Inside Salk

Salk news highlight our leading-edge research and the people who make it possible. Publications include our award-winning print magazine Inside Salk, a monthly email newsletter, and our podcast, Where Cures Begin.

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Read the Latest Issue of Inside Salk

Salk news highlight our leading-edge research and the people who make it possible. Publications include our award-winning print magazine Inside Salk, a monthly email newsletter, and our podcast, Where Cures Begin.

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Latest News

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February 23, 2024
Salk Institute mourns the loss of Nobel Laureate Roger Guillemin, distinguished professor emeritus
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February 20, 2024
Salk scientists discover new target for reversible, non-hormonal male birth control
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February 16, 2024
Salk Professor Janelle Ayres elected to American Academy of Microbiology
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Salk by the Numbers

6
Nobel Laureates in physiology or medicine
12
consecutive times
Charity Navigator 4 star rating
3,077
students reached by Salk's Education Outreach Program
44
countries represented by Salk faculty, staff, and trainees
7
highly cited faculty
*as of November 2023
12
members of the National Academy of Sciences
2,268
patents
(U.S. and foreign)
issued to Salk through 12/31/22
5
one of the top 5 research centers in the world