10010 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies was founded in the 1960s and is named for the famed doctor who established it- Dr. Jonas Salk, the developer of the polio vaccine. His goal for this facility was to explore questions concerning the basic principles of life and to bring biologists together with others from various field of research so that they could work collaboratively, therefore considering the wider implications of their discoveries.
The major areas of research at the La Jolla, California-based Salk Institute are molecular biology and genetics, plant biology, and the neurosciences. About 60 faculty members conduct research in some two dozen laboratories at the sprawling facility, which has been lauded for its unique architecture. These investigators are supported by a staff of about 850, which include post-doctoral fellows, graduate and rotation students, and nearly 100 undergraduate college students as well. Numerous notable scientists have trained at Salk Institute over the years, including five Nobel Prize winners.
In the field of cancer research, Salk Institute was one of the first National Cancer Institute-designated basic research centers in the country. Studying the underlying causes of cancer like mesothelioma, the scientists here have contributed to many recent cancer discoveries that have made an impact on patient care and cancer prevention, including the discovery of a molecular link that may explain why high-fat diets and cancer go hand-in-hand.
Salk Institute for Biological Studies