Janelle Ayres

Associate Professor

NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Helen McLoraine Developmental Chair

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - News


Bribing bacteria to play nicely is good for everyone

LA JOLLA—Antibiotic use is driving an epidemic of antibiotic resistance, as more susceptible bacteria are killed but more resilient strains live on and multiply with abandon. But if antibiotics aren’t …

Janelle Ayres receives $1 million from W. M. Keck Foundation for infectious disease research

LA JOLLA—Associate Professor Janelle Ayres is the recipient of a $1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to study new ways to treat deadly infections including sepsis and …

Salk Institute’s Janelle Ayres wins Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists

LA JOLLA—Salk Associate Professor Janelle Ayres has been named one of three winners of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, one of the world’s largest unrestricted prizes for early …

Janelle Ayres is finalist for Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists

LA JOLLA—Associate Professor Janelle Ayres is one of 31 US finalists selected to compete for the world’s largest unrestricted prizes for early career researchers, the Blavatnik National Awards for Young …

Salk promotes two dynamic scientists who study the microbiome and neurobiology

LA JOLLA—Two Salk Institute faculty members have been promoted based on their innovative and notable contributions to biological research.

Janelle Ayres and Axel Nimmerjahn were each promoted to the rank of …

Feed a cold, starve a fever? Not so fast, according to Salk research

LA JOLLA—The last time you had a stomach bug, you probably didn’t feel much like eating. This loss of appetite is part of your body’s normal response to an illness …

Genetic switch turned on during fasting helps stop inflammation

LA JOLLA—A molecular pathway that is activated in the brain during fasting helps halt the spread of intestinal bacteria into the bloodstream, according to a new study by a team …

‘Superhero’ microbiome bacteria protect against deadly symptoms during infection

LA JOLLA–As concerns over deadly antibiotic-resistant strains of ‘superbug’ bacteria grow, scientists at the Salk Institute are offering a possible solution to the problem: ‘superhero’ bacteria that live in the …

Janelle Ayres receives Young Faculty Award from DARPA

LA JOLLA–Salk Institute scientist Janelle Ayres has received an award of $500,000 over two years from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further her research on bolstering a …

Salk microflora researcher Janelle Ayres named Searle Scholar

LA JOLLA—Janelle Ayres, assistant professor at Salk Institute’s Nomis Foundation Laboratories for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, has received the prestigious Searle Scholar award, which each year is given to only …


BA, Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists
  • 2015 Young Faculty Award from DARPA
  • 2014 Searle Scholar
  • 2010-2013 National Institute of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
  • 2008 The Professor Sidney Raffel Award
  • 2004 - 2007 National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship
  • 2002 I.L. Chaikoff Memorial Award