Diana Hargreaves, PhD

Associate Professor

Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos


Finding a cause of neurodevelopmental disorders

Neurodevelopmental disorders arising from rare genetic mutations can cause atypical cognitive function, intellectual disability, and developmental delays, yet it is unclear why and how this happens. Scientists suspected a mutation in a complex of proteins could be the culprit for a group of rare genetic disorders and, now, Salk Institute researchers have identified the molecular mechanism linking this mutation with abnormal nervous system development. The team’s findings, published in Molecular Cell on July 30, 2019, bring researchers one step closer to understanding neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Nicolaides-Baraitser syndrome and others. Read more »

Maintaining the unlimited potential of stem cells

Scientists from the Salk Institute discovered a new protein complex that keeps the brakes on stem cells, allowing them to maintain their indefinite potential. The new complex, called GBAF and detailed in Nature Communications on December 3, 2018, could provide a future target for regenerative medicine. Read more »


BS, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Haverford College
PhD, Department of Immunobiology, Yale University
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University

Awards & Honors

  • Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research, 2019
  • V Foundation for Cancer Research, V Foundation Scholar Award, 2016-2018
  • NCI/NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, 2014-2018
  • Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Ann Schreiber Research Training Program of Excellence, 2013-2014
  • Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010-2013
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2002-2005