Tony Hunter

American Cancer Society Professor

Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory

Renato Dulbecco Chair

Tony Hunter
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Salk Institute’s Tony Hunter wins 2018 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science

LA JOLLA—Salk American Cancer Society Professor Tony Hunter has been awarded the 2018 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science.

Hunter will share the prize of $50 million Taiwanese dollars (approximately $1.5 …

Tumor suppressor protein targets liver cancer

LA JOLLA—Salk Institute scientists, together with researchers from Switzerland’s University of Basel and University Hospital Basel, discovered a protein called LHPP that acts as a molecular switch to turn off …

Tony Hunter receives Pezcoller Foundation–AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research

LA JOLLA—Professor Tony Hunter, who holds an American Cancer Society Professorship at the Salk Institute, has received the 2018 Pezcoller–AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research, one of …

Salk scientist awarded inaugural Sjöberg Prize for cancer breakthrough

LA JOLLA—Salk Professor Tony Hunter, who holds an American Cancer Society Professorship, has been awarded $500,000 as part of the $1 million Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ inaugural Sjöberg Prize …

Power up: growing neurons undergo major metabolic shift

LA JOLLA—Our brains can survive only for a few minutes without oxygen. Salk Institute researchers have now identified the timing of a dramatic metabolic shift in developing neurons, which makes …

Tamping down neurons’ energy use could treat neurodegeneration

LA JOLLA—Salk Institute scientists showed how an FDA-approved drug boosts the health of brain cells by limiting their energy use. Like removing unnecessary lighting from a financially strapped household to …

New technique maps elusive chemical markers on proteins

LA JOLLA–Unveiling how the 20,000 or so proteins in the human body work–and malfunction–is the key to understanding much of health and disease. Now, Salk researchers developed a new technique …

Tony Hunter wins BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine

LA JOLLA–Tony Hunter, professor and director of the Salk Institute Cancer Center, in La Jolla, California, has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category for …

Salk researcher Tony Hunter to receive 2014 Royal Medal in biological sciences

LA JOLLA–Salk Institute professor Tony Hunter has been awarded the 2014 Royal Medal for biological sciences by the Royal Society, a fellowship of some of the world’s most eminent scientists …

Pedal the Cause funds local ground-breaking cancer research with inaugural grant awards

LA JOLLA—Pedal the Cause, the region’s only multiday cycling fundraiser where 100 percent of the net proceeds goes to support cancer research in San Diego, today announced five research projects …

American Association for Cancer Research appoints Salk scientists to inaugural class of fellows

LA JOLLA, CA—The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to accelerating scientific progress to prevent and cure cancer, has selected four Salk …

What can the water monster teach us about tissue regeneration in humans?

LA JOLLA, CA—Based on two new studies by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, regeneration of a new limb or organ in a human will be much more …

Salk Institute hosts Cell Cycle Symposium – Discussions that change lives

La Jolla—The 2011 Cell Cycle meeting will be held at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, starting at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, June 17 and ending …

Salk Institute cancer researcher Tony Hunter named to Frederick W. and Joanna J. Mitchell Chair

LA JOLLA, CA—The Salk Institute for Biological Studies today announced the appointment of Professor Tony Hunter, Ph.D., as the inaugural holder of the Frederick W. and Joanna J. Mitchell Chair, …

Mobilizing the repair squad: Critical protein helps mend damaged DNA

LA JOLLA, CA—In order to preserve our DNA, cells have developed an intricate system for monitoring and repairing DNA damage. Yet precisely how the initial damage signal is converted into …

Chemotherapy resistance: Checkpoint protein provides armor against cancer drugs

LA JOLLA, CA-Cell cycle checkpoints act like molecular tripwires for damaged cells, forcing them to pause and take stock. Leave the tripwire in place for too long, though, and cancer …

Climbing the ladder to longevity: critical enzyme pair identified

LA JOLLA, CA-Experiment after experiment confirms that a diet on the brink of starvation expands lifespan in mice and many other species. But the molecular mechanism that …

Breast cancer cells have to learn to walk before they can run

La Jolla, CA – Early stage breast cancer that has not yet invaded the surrounding tissues may already contain highly motile cells, which brings the tumor one step closer to …

Get in Touch First

La Jolla, CA – When the genetic material inside a cell’s nucleus starts to fall apart, a protein called ATM takes charge and orchestrates the rescue mission. Surprisingly, for ATM …

Tony Hunter receives Robert. J. and Claire Pasarow Award for Cancer Research

La Jolla, CA – Salk scientist Dr. Tony Hunter is the recipient of the 2006 Pasarow Award in Cancer Research for his key discoveries of the chemical “switch” …

Distinguishing friend from foe in the battle against cancer

La Jolla, CA – The latest generation of cancer chemotherapeutic drugs specifically targets mutant enzymes or “oncoproteins” that have run amok and now promote uncontrolled cell growth. …

Genetically modified mice are resistant to obesity despite a high fat diet

La Jolla, CA – Ravenous mice that chomp down as if there were no tomorrow yet stay lean and mean? Shutting down two genes that modulate a body’s energy balance …

Molecular ‘zipcode’ guides nerves to correct places in body

La Jolla, CA – During embryonic development, thousands of nerves must be connected to muscles as part of a communication network that allows the newborn to move, breathe and lead …

Salk Scientist who discovered cancer ‘switch’ awarded the Wolf Prize in Medicine

La Jolla, CA – Salk Institute scientist Tony Hunter has been awarded the 2005 Wolf Prize in Medicine, Israel’s top recognition for achievements in the interest of mankind, for his …

Salk Scientist Who Revolutionized Cancer Research Awarded Horwitz Prize

La Jolla, CA – Salk Institute scientist Tony Hunter has been awarded the 2004 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, a leading national award for scientific achievement, for his pivotal discoveries about …

Salk Institute Scientist Tony Hunter Named to Institute of Medicine

La Jolla, CA – Salk Institute for Biological Studies scientist Tony Hunter has been named a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, …

Hunter Receives Two Major Cancer Awards

La Jolla, CA – Tony Hunter, professor of molecular and cell biology at the Salk Institute, has received two major awards for cancer research.

The American Cancer Society presented Hunter …

Salk Researchers Ranked in Top 25 of Scientific Citations Worldwide

La Jolla, CA – Two Salk Institute researchers ranked within the top 25 scientists worldwide for their work’s influence in any field, according to an organization that monitors the impact …

Missing Enzyme Found to Lead to Alzheimer?s Disease Symptoms

La Jolla, CA – An enzyme studied by scientists for years can prevent tangles of proteins from forming in the brain’s nerve cells – as occurs in patients with age-dependent …

Salk Institute and SUGEN Scientists Map ‘Human Kinome’

La Jolla, CA – A California research team has mapped an entire group of human enzymes, providing important information for the development of a new generation of drugs to treat …

Potential Male Contraceptive Target Discovered by Salk Scientists

La Jolla, CA – The first gene to control male fertility without affecting sexual behavior or physical appearance has been identified by Salk researchers. The study, appearing in the current …


BA, First Class Honors, University of Cambridge, England
PhD, University of Cambridge, England
Postdoctoral Fellow, The Salk Institute and University of Cambridge

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science
  • 2018 Pezcoller–AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research
  • 2017 Sjöberg Prize for Cancer Research
  • 2014 Royal Medal in Biological Sciences
  • 2013 Fellow, AACR Academy
  • 2013 Einstein Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2012 Thomson-Reuters Citation Laureate
  • 2011 Signal Transduction Society Honorary Medal
  • 2011 Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research Award, Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center
  • 2007 Clifford Prize for Cancer Research
  • 2006 Robert J. and Claire Pasarow award for Cancer Research
  • 2006 Daniel Nathan's Memorial Award
  • 2005 Wolf Prize in Medicine
  • 2004 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize
  • 2004 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research
  • 2004 Kirk A. Landon-AACR Prize for Basic Cancer Research
  • 2004 American Cancer Society Medal of Honor
  • 2003 City of Medicine Award
  • 2003 Sergio Lombroso Award in Cancer Research
  • 2001 Keio Medical Science Prize
  • 2000 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine
  • 1994 Gairdner Foundation International Award
  • 1994 General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Prize
  • American Cancer Society Research Professorship
  • Member of the American Philosophical Society
  • Member of the National Academy of Medicine
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of London