Elizabeth H. Blackburn

Gender discrimination controversy grows at fabled Salk Institute

Gender discrimination controversy grows at fabled Salk Institute

Accusations of gender discrimination are growing at the Salk Institute, where a third female professor has sued the La Jolla science center for allegedly giving preference to men in pay, promotions, grant funding and leadership positions.

Beverly Emerson, a prominent biochemist who studies how genes contribute to disease, filed a lawsuit this week that described the institute as an “antiquated boys’ club” that has been “systematically undermining and marginalizing its three female full professors.”

She was referring to herself and fellow Salk biologists Vicki Lundblad and Katherine Jones,

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