The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is a premier independent, non-profit, scientific research institute located in La Jolla, California. The institute consistently ranks among the top institutions in the US in terms of research output and quality in the life sciences. in 2009 it was ranked number one globally by ScienceWatch in the neuroscience and behavior areas. It was founded in 1960 by Jonas Salk, the developer of the polio vaccine.
The campus was designed by Louis Kahn.