Joseph Noel

Professor and Director

Jack H. Skirball Center for Chemical Biology and Proteomics

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Arthur and Julie Woodrow Chair

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Disregarded plant molecule actually a treasure

LA JOLLA—The best natural chemists out there are not scientists—they’re plants. Plants have continued to evolve a rich palette of small natural chemicals and receptors since they began to inhabit …


Smoke signals: How burning plants tell seeds to rise from the ashes

LA JOLLA, CA—In the spring following a forest fire, trees that survived the blaze explode in new growth and plants sprout in abundance from the scorched earth. For centuries, it …


Plants cut the mustard for basic discoveries in metabolism

LA JOLLA, CA—You might think you have nothing in common with mustard except hotdogs. Yet based on research in a plant from the mustard family, Salk scientists have discovered a …


Two more Salk scientists elected as AAAS Fellows

LA JOLLA,CA—Salk faculty members Joseph Ecker and Joseph Noel have been named as 2012 Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific …


Salk faculty members honored as recipients of new endowed chairs

LA JOLLA,CA—The Salk Institute announced today that professors Edward M. Callaway and Joseph Noel have been appointed to endowed chairs in acknowledgment of their outstanding contributions and dedication to scientific …


Discovery of plant proteins may boost agricultural yields and biofuel production

LA JOLLA, CA—Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Iowa State University discovered a family of plant proteins that play a role in the production of seed oils, …


How plants fine-tune their natural chemical defenses

La Jolla, CA – Even closely related plants produce their own natural chemical cocktails, each set uniquely adapted to the individual plant’s specific habitat. Comparing anti-fungals produced by tobacco and …


A place in the sun

La Jolla, CA – Those spindly plants that desperately try to reach for a break in the canopy formed by larger plants all suffer from the same affliction: Shade avoidance …


How basil gets its zing

La Jolla, CA – The blend of aromatic essential oils that gives fresh basil leaves their characteristic warm and sweet aroma is well characterized but not much is known about …


Detailed 3-D image catches a key regulator of neural stem cell differentiation in action

La Jolla, CA – Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in collaboration with scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) took a high …


When the going gets tough, slime molds start synthesizing

La Jolla, CA – In times of plenty, the uni-cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum leads a solitary life munching on bacteria littering the forest floor. But these …


New Target for Anti-Cholesterol Drugs, Antibiotics

La Jolla, CA – A natural chemical that has been ignored by researchers largely because of the runaway success of the blockbuster statin drugs may in fact …


Promiscuous Catalytic Activity Possessed by Novel Enzyme Structure

La Jolla, CA – Nature is a seemingly endless storehouse of interesting – and potentially life-saving – biological molecules. But tracking down and harvesting those chemicals in their natural …


Prestigious HHMI appointments go to two Salk Institute Researchers

La Jolla, CA – Sascha du Lac and Joseph P. Noel, both basic research scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, were selected for the prestigious position of Howard …


Puzzle of “French Paradox” Natural Product Solved

La Jolla, CA – Researchers at the Salk Institute have successfully bioengineered resveratrol synthase from chalcone synthase, a biosynthetic protein enzyme found in all higher plants. Their findings appear in …


Cancer “Survival” Structure Deciphered By Salk Scientists

La Jolla, CA – It’s a molecule that endows cancer cells with their pernicious ability to persevere.

Now, scientists at The Salk Institute have deciphered the three-dimensional structure of this molecule, …


Plant Enzyme Important For Nutraceuticals Deciphered By Salk Scientists

La Jolla, CA – The three-dimensional structure of a linchpin enzyme plants need to thrive – and one viewed as a key player in the growing nutraceutical market – has …


Education

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, BS, Chemistry, 1982-1985
The Ohio State University, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, 1985-1990
Yale University, Postdoctoral Fellow, Structural Biology, 1990-1994


Awards & Honors

  • 2012 AAAS Fellow
  • 2005 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
  • 1993 National Institutes of Heath Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1990 National Science Foundation Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1989 Monsanto Biotechnology Fellow
  • 1988 Presidential Fellow

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noel@salk.edu