Janelle Ayres

Professor and Laboratory Head, Molecular and Systems Physiology Laboratory
Gene Expression Laboratory
NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis
Helen McLoraine Developmental 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 School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award
  • 2018 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists
  • 2015 Young Faculty Award from DARPA
  • 2014 Searle Scholar
  • 2010-2013 National Institutes 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