Salk Institute for Biological Studies CA

Founded in 1960, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies conducts its biological research under the guidance of 59 faculty investigators. It employs a scientific staff of more than 850, including visiting scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. The Salk Institute's major areas of study have focused on molecular biology and genetics, the neurosciences, and plant biology. Knowledge acquired in Salk laboratories provides new understanding and potential new therapies and treatments for a range of diseases - from cancer, AIDS and Alzheimer's disease, to cardiovascular disorders, anomalies of the brain and birth defects. Studies in plant biology at the Salk may one day help improve the quality and quantity of the world's food supply. Five scientists trained at the Institute have won Nobel prizes, and three current resident faculty members are Nobel Laureates.