W. Travis Berggren

Executive Director

Research Operations

W. Travis Berggren
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - W. Travis Berggren

W. Travis Berggren


Travis Berggren joined the Salk Institute in 2007 as the founding director for the Stem Cell Research Core Facility, where he still remains engaged. Later he went on to serve as the inaugural senior director for Scientific Core Facilities, providing institutional oversight for the 12-14 different scientific core resources at Salk. In 2017, Berggren took on his current role as the executive director of research operations. In this role he oversees all shared scientific resources at the Institute, including scientific cores, animal research and shared scientific resources. In addition, he is engaged in developing inter-institutional partnering agreements for access to additional scientific resources.

Early work on the human genome project and emerging biomolecular analytical techniques brought Berggren into the field of human embryonic stem (hES) cell research. Prior to joining Salk, he was five years with WiCell Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked closely with hES cell pioneer James Thomson. There, he established a core research program centered on mass spectrometry-based proteomic analysis of hES cells. Berggren brought this wealth of knowledge to Salk to establish its first open-access stem cell core research facility. In the subsequent years, Berggren has been engaged in launching new core resources like Next Gen Sequencing and Bioinformatics, as well as complete renovations of cores like Mass Spectrometry, Flow Cytometry and more. He continues to work at the intersection of technology and biological research for the ever-evolving needs at the Salk Institute.