Edward Stites, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Integrative Biology Laboratory

Hearst Foundation Developmental Chair

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - News – Stites

News – Stites

Improving drug options for colorectal cancer patients

LA JOLLA—Patients with colorectal cancer were among the first to receive targeted therapies. These drugs aim to block the cancer-causing proteins that trigger out-of-control cell growth while sparing healthy tissues. …

Salk scientists reveal most commonly mutated gene in all cancers

LA JOLLA—For the past fifteen years, cancer researchers have been using DNA sequencing technology to identify the gene mutations that cause different forms of cancer. Now, Salk Assistant Professor Edward …

Salk Scientists receive $1.5 million from The Conrad Prebys Foundation’s inaugural grant cycle

LA JOLLA—Salk Professor Thomas Albright has been awarded $1 million and Assistant Professor Edward Stites awarded $500,000 by The Conrad Prebys Foundation as part of its inaugural round of grants. …

Salk physician-scientist Edward Stites receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

LA JOLLA—Salk Institute Assistant Professor Edward Stites has been named an NIH Director’s New Innovator for 2020 as part of the National Institutes of Health’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program. The award “supports …

Discovery of how colorectal cancer drug works will help more patients

LA JOLLA—Colorectal cancer is a common lethal disease, and treatment decisions are increasingly influenced by which genes are mutated within each patient. Some patients with a certain gene mutation benefit …

Salk Institute hires star scientists in plant biology and cancer research

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute is pleased to welcome Wolfgang Busch as an associate professor and Edward Stites as an assistant professor, leaders of plant science and cancer research, respectively.

“Salk’s mission …


BS, Mathematics, University Of Kentucky, Lexington
MD, University Of Virginia, Charlottesville
PhD, Biophysics, University Of Virginia, Charlottesville
Residency, Clinical Pathology, Washington University, St. Louis

Awards & Honors

  • NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, 2020
  • Career Development Award, DoD CDMRP, 2020
  • Discovery Award, American Lung Association, 2020
  • Melanoma Research Alliance, Young Investigator Award, 2018
  • National Cancer Institute K22 Career Development Award, 2017
  • Randy Pausch Scholar, 2010
  • Michael J. Peach Award, 2009