Academic Council

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Academic Council

The Academic Council, as the representative of the faculty, formulates academic policies of the Salk Institute. The Council deliberates in consultation with the president, and its recommendations are subject to periodic review by the voting faculty. Matters of academic policy include academic programs, academic appointments and promotions and use of the Institute’s research space.

Presently, the Academic Council consists of seven members from the ranks of professor and three members from the ranks of the associate and assistant professors, all of whom are elected by the voting faculty. The chair of the faculty is also the chair of the Academic Council and is elected to serve a one-year term.

The Academic Council establishes the academic Appointments Committee and establishes as many other faculty committees as it deems necessary for formulating and implementing academic policy. The membership of the faculty committees is approved by the president. The past chair, current chair and chair-elect also serve on the Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute.


Joseph Noel

Professor and Director
Jack H. Skirball Center for Chemical Biology and Proteomics
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Arthur and Julie Woodrow Chair

Jan Karlseder

Chair Elect
Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
Donald and Darlene Shiley Chair

Alan Saghatelian

Past Chair
Clayton Foundations Laboratories for Peptide Biology
Dr. Frederik Paulsen Chair

Janelle Ayres

Associate Professor
Nomis Foundation Laboratories for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis
Helen McLoraine Developmental Chair

Diana Hargreaves

Assistant Professor
Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
Richard Heyman and Anne Daigle Endowed Development Chair

Chris Kintner

Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory
Rita and Richard Atkinson Chair

Julie A. Law

Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Hearst Foundation Development Chair

Vicki Lundblad

Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
Becky and Ralph S. O’Connor Chair

Reuben Shaw

Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
William R. Brody Chair