Saket Navlakha

Associate Professor

Integrative Biology Laboratory

Pioneer Fund Developmental Chair

Saket Navlakha
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos


The story of how fruit flies, odors and computer science came together at Salk

It might seem like fruit flies would have nothing in common with computers, but Assistant Professor Saket Navlakha explains the story behind how fruit flies and computers identify novel information in similar ways—and why the research matters.
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Fruit fly brains inform search engines of the future

Salk scientists, Saket Navlakha and Charles Stevens have a paper that shows that the way fruit flies identify smells that are most similar to ones they’ve encountered previously could improve computer search algorithms. That’s because identifying similar images or music or documents in a database is the same kind of problem (known as a “similarity search”), which the fly brain solves in a novel way that can be applied to computers.
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How plant architectures mimic subway networks

Salk scientists use 3D laser scanner to reveal mysteries of plant growth not apparent to the naked eye. Read more »

Distributed Information Processing in Biological and Computational Systems

When you hear the words “distributed computing”, do you think of this? Or this?

Salk Profile: Saket Navlakha

Assistant Professor Saket Navlakha of the Center for Integrative Biology at The Salk Institute


MEng and BS, Computer Science, Cornell University
PhD, Computer Science, University of Maryland College Park

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 CAREER Award
  • 2018 Pew Scholar
  • 2013 NIH F32 postdoctoral fellowship award