Where Cures Begin

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

New molecule reverses Alzheimer’s-like memory decline
Salk study demonstrates that the drug CMS121 treats neurodegeneration in mice
August 4, 2020
Learn more about research that strives to unlock the fundamental principles of biology.
New maps of chemical marks on DNA pinpoint regions relevant to many developmental diseases
Salk researchers mapped how DNA methylation changes over time in mice to better understand developmental disorders
July 29, 2020
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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
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Keeping innocent people out of jail using the science of perception
Salk scientists devise a new lineup method to help eyewitnesses more accurately identify suspects
July 14, 2020
Salk Institute hits play on new podcast series
"Where Cures Begin" explores the lives of scientists and discoveries at the Institute
Inside Salk Magazine
Summer 2020 issue
Explore the latest issue of our magazine featuring recent discoveries and events.
Janelle Ayres
Janelle Ayres
Professor and Laboratory Head
The Salk Institute welcomes top scientists in cancer biology and biophysics
July 13, 2020
Salk scientists discover genetic “dial” to turn immune function up and down to target cancer, autoimmune disease
A key gene modifies regulatory T cells to fine-tune the immune response
July 7, 2020
Giant leap in diagnosing liver disease
Stool microbes make a challenging diagnosis easier
July 1, 2020
Salk researchers accelerate, expand COVID-19 research
Salk scientists tackle COVID-19 pandemic with innovative research projects on immunity, vaccine development, viral imaging and more
June 29, 2020
How targeting killer T cells in the lungs could lead to immunity against respiratory viruses
Salk and Yale study of influenza could inform vaccines for COVID-19 and other lung diseases
June 11, 2020
How cells solve their identity crisis
Salk scientists uncover how cells remember their identity, avoiding errors that could cause cancer
June 4, 2020
Location, location, location: the cell membrane facilitates RAS protein interactions
Salk scientists uncover how RAS proteins bind and get destroyed, which may improve cancer therapeutics
May 18, 2020