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TSRI Ranks No. 1 in Innovation Influence
The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is the most influential research institution in the world, according to the Nature Index 2017 Innovation supplement, which sheds light on the impact of academic research on innovation.

The Scripps Research Institute Celebrates Historic 25th Commencement Ceremony
The 20 graduates from TSRI's Graduate Program in 2017 join the more than 600 distinguished alumni who have graduated from the program.

Philip Dawson Named Dean of The Scripps Research Institute’s Graduate Program
Dawson brings to his new role more than 25 years’ experience at TSRI as a student, alumnus, faculty member and associate dean.

Research Accomplishments

San Diego Team Tests Best Delivery Mode for Potential HIV Vaccine
Researchers at TSRI and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology are inching closer to an HIV vaccine. Their latest published study demonstrates that optimizing the mode and timing of vaccine delivery is crucial to inducing a protective immune response in a preclinical model. TSRI Graduate Student Matthias Pauthner was co-lead author of the study.

TSRI Anti-Heroin Vaccine Found Effective in Non-Human Primates
A vaccine developed to block the “high” of heroin has proven effective in non-human primates. This is the first vaccine against an opioid to pass this stage of preclinical testing. Paul Bremer, a 2017 graduate of TSRI's Graduate Program, was first author of the study.

Perseverance Pays Off in Fight Against Deadly Lassa Virus
A team led by 2012 TSRI Graduate Program alumna Kathryn Hastie and Professor Erica Ollmann Saphire has solved the structure of the viral machinery that Lassa virus uses to enter human cells. Hastie was first author of the study, which is the first to show a key piece of the viral structure, the surface glycoprotein, for any member of the deadly arenavirus family.

Scientists Solve Major Cancer Protein Conundrum
TSRI scientists have solved a mystery regarding the exact role of a protein in a critical cancer-linked pathway, uncovering the regulatory machinery underlying the function of a protein, called angiomotin. TSRI Graduate Student Sany Hoxha was co-first author of the study. .

Massive Chromosome Fusions? Neurons Don’t Care
Brain cells appear less vulnerable to DNA damage than previously thought, according to a new study. This surprising discovery may help scientists understand the progression of neurological disorders linked to telomere dysfunction, such as cognitive defects, seizures and developmental delays. TSRI Graduate Student Anastasia Lobanova was study first author.

Professional Accomplishments

Three TSRI Graduate Students Receive Bristol-Myers Squibb Fellowship
Graduate Students Jacob Edwards, Justine deGruyter and Ruben Martinez have been selected as recipients of the 2017-2018 Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

TSRI Graduate Students Honored by ARCS
A group of outstanding TSRI graduate students was honored on April 28 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina as part of the San Diego Chapter of the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation 2017 Scientist of the Year Dinner.

Lucy Lin Joins Growing List of TSRI Graduate Students Honored with Prestigious Scholarship
The newest TSRI recipient of The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Postgraduate Scholarship is Lucy Lin, a first-year graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Kim Janda.

TSRI Students Win Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Three doctoral students in The Scripps Research Institute’s (TSRI) Graduate Program have received prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF).