Janelle Ayres, PhD

Professor and Laboratory Head

Gene Expression Laboratory

Molecular and Systems Physiology Laboratory

NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Salk Institute Legacy Chair

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos


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

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 but is not well understood. Sometimes eating less during illness promotes a faster recovery, but other times—such as when cancer patients experience wasting—the loss of appetite can be deadly. Read More »


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

Awards & Honors

  • National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award, 2018
  • Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists, 2018
  • Crohn's And Colitis Foundation Senior Research Award
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2015
  • Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation Career Development Award, 2014
  • Searle Scholarship Award, 2014
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIH, 2010-2013
  • Sidney Raffel Award, Stanford University, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, 2008
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2004 - 2007
  • I.L. Chaikoff Memorial Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2002