Rusty Gage

President
Professor

Laboratory of Genetics

Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Disease

Rusty Gage
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos

Videos


Grafted brain organoids provide insight into neurological disorders

LA JOLLA—Many neurological disorders—Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, even depression—have lagged behind in new therapies. Because the brain is so complex, it can be difficult to discover new drugs and even when a drug is promising in animal models, it often doesn’t work for humans. Read more »


Early developmental experiences influence DNA in the adult brain

LA JOLLA—In the perennial question of nature versus nurture, a new study suggests an intriguing connection between the two. Salk Institute scientists report in the journal Science that the type of mothering a female mouse provides her pups actually changes their DNA. The work lends support to studies about how childhood environments affect brain development in humans and could provide insights into neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. Read more »


Patients’ own cells yield new insights into the biology of schizophrenia

After a century of studying the causes of schizophrenia-the most persistent disabling condition among adults-the cause of the disorder remains unknown. Now induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) generated from schizophrenic patients have brought researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies a step closer to a fundamental understanding of the biological underpinnings of the disease.
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Education

BS, University of Florida
MS & PhD, The Johns Hopkins University


Awards & Honors

  • 2015 Paul G. Allen Family Foundation's Allen Distinguished Investigator Award
  • 2013 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
  • 2013 George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2011 Fyssen Foundation International Prize
  • 2011 Cáterda Santiago Grisolia Award
  • 2011-12 President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research
  • 2010 Member, American Philosophical Society
  • 2008 Keio Medical Science Prize Award, shared with Shimon Sakaguchi
  • 2005 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2003 Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2003 Klaus Joachim Zulch-Preis through the Max Planck Society
  • 2002 MetLife Award for Medical Research
  • 2001 National Academy of Medicine
  • 2001 President, Society for Neuroscience
  • 1999 Max Planck Research Prize
  • 1997 Christopher Reeve Research Medal
  • 1993 Achievements in Health and Education
  • 1993 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and Education
  • 1990 IPSEN Prize in Neuronal Plasticity