Tony Hunter

American Cancer Society Professor

Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory

Renato Dulbecco Chair

Tony Hunter
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos


New study targets Achilles’ heel of pancreatic cancer, with promising results

LA JOLLA—Advanced pancreatic cancer is often symptomless, leading to late diagnosis only after metastases have spread throughout the body. Additionally, tumor cells are encased in a “protective shield,” a microenvironment conferring resistance to many cancer treatment drugs. Now, Salk Institute researchers, along with an international team of collaborators, have uncovered the role of a signaling protein that may be the Achilles’ heel of pancreatic cancer. Read more »


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

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator
  • 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