Salk Cancer Center


Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Salk Cancer Center - Leadership

Cancer Center Leadership

Senior Leadership


Reuben Shaw, PhD

Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
William R. Brody Chair

Deputy Director

Geoffrey Wahl, PhD

Gene Expression Laboratory
Daniel and Martina Lewis Chair

Associate Deputy Director

Jan Karlseder, PhD

Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
Donald and Darlene Shiley Chair


Genetic, Epigenetic, and Immune Circuits in Cancer Program

Program Leaders

Ronald Evans, PhD

Professor and Director
Gene Expression Laboratory
March of Dimes Chair in Molecular and Developmental Biology

Susan Kaech, PhD

Professor and Director
NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Animal Models and Therapeutics

Program Leaders

Tony Hunter, PhD

American Cancer Society Professor
Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
Renato Dulbecco Chair

Clodagh O’Shea, PhD

Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar
Wicklow Chair


Executive Director – Leona Flores
Administrative Assistant to the Director – Sara Campbell
Senior Director, External Relations – Sandy Liarakos

Internal Advisory

Senior Director, Grants Development – Kurt Marek
Executive Director Research Operations – Julie Auger

External Advisory Board

David Tuveson, MD, PhD, Chair
Director, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center
Professor, Roy J. Zuckerberg Professor of Cancer Research

Steven Artandi, MD, PhD
Director, Stanford Cancer Institute
Jerome and Daisy Low Gilbert Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry

Kornelia Polyak, MD, PhD
Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Professor, Medicine, Medical Oncology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Robert Schreiber, PhD
AM Bursky & JM Bursky Distinguished Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Director, Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs
Program Leader, Tumor Immunology, Siteman Cancer Center
Washington University School of Medicine

Laura J. van’t Veer, PhD
Leader, Breast Oncology Program, and Director, Applied Genomics
Angela and Shu Kai Chan Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Matt Vander Heiden, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology
Associate Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
Member, MIT Center for Precision Cancer Medicine
Member, Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology

Chad A. Ellis, PhD
Deputy Director, Research Administration
Hillman Cancer Center
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center