Alan Saghatelian, PhD


Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology

Dr. Frederik Paulsen Chair

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Mysterious microproteins have major implications for human disease

LA JOLLA—As the tools to study biology improve, researchers are beginning to uncover details into microproteins, small components that appear to be key to some cellular processes, including those involved with cancer. Proteins are made up of chains of linked amino acids and the average human protein contains around 300 amino acids. Meanwhile, microproteins have fewer than 100 amino acids. Read more »

Lipid Discovery May Lead To Diabetes Treatment

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. Read more »

Salk Profile: Professor Alan Saghatelian


BS, Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Ca
Merck Postdoctoral Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation, 2003


Awards & Honors

  • Mark Foundation for Cancer Research Endeavor Award, 2022
  • Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2020
  • Sloan Foundation Fellow, 2011
  • Searle Scholars Program Award, 2008
  • New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health, 2007
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in Biomedical Sciences, 2005