Alan Saghatelian


Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology

Dr. Frederik Paulsen Chair

Alan Saghatelian
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - News


Depleting microbiome with antibiotics can affect glucose metabolism

LA JOLLA—A new study from the Salk Institute has found that mice that have their microbiomes depleted with antibiotics have decreased levels of glucose in their blood and better insulin …

Salk scientists curb growth of cancer cells by blocking access to key nutrients

LA JOLLA—Salk researchers have discovered how to curb the growth of cancer cells by blocking the cells’ access to certain nutrients. The approach, detailed in a new paper published today …

The right way to repair DNA

Chromosomes (red) with telomeres (green) that are undisturbed remain pristine and separate. Right: when CYREN is absent, chromosomes that have been disturbed to artificially trigger NHEJ show fusions that are …

Small but mighty: tiny proteins with big roles in biology

LA JOLLA—We all know how hard it is to find something small like a dropped contact lens that blends into the background. It’s similarly tough for biologists to find tiny …

New mechanism discovered for Alzheimer’s risk gene

LA JOLLA—For decades, scientists have known that people with two copies of a gene called apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) are much more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease at age 65 than …

TSRI, Salk scientists discover ‘outlier’ enzymes that could offer new targets to treat diabetes, inflammation

LA JOLLA—A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has discovered two enzymes that appear to play a role in …

Scientists discover a ‘good’ fat that fights diabetes

LA JOLLA–Scientists at the Salk Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston have discovered a new class of molecules–produced in human and mouse fat–that protects against diabetes.

The …

Salk Institute welcomes four new faculty

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute is pleased to welcome a new full professor and three new assistant professors, all exceptional leaders in their respective fields. The new faculty will facilitate innovative …


PhD, Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute
BS, Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

Awards & Honors

  • 2011 Sloan Foundation Fellow
  • 2008 Searle Scholars Program Award
  • 2007 New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health
  • 2005 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in Biomedical Sciences