Seven months after he was hired as president of the Salk Institute, Thomas Pollard has finally settled in at the modernist scientific citadel with its legendary view of the Pacific Ocean.

Photo: Jim Cox/The Salk Inst.

FOCUSED MISSION: Thomas Pollard’s mandates are to bolster the endowment and improve scientific leadership.
Pollard officially began in his post at the San Diego laboratory on July 1. After months of commuting, the scientist has finally moved from Baltimore, where he was chairman of the department of cell biology and anatomy at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. By May, Pollard's laboratory will complete its move to Salk, and the 54-year-old cell biologist will set forth on a course that is both new and vaguely familiar. He plans to continue his longtime research into the molecular basis of cell movement, but he also has assumed new duties as a chief administrator, scientific leader,...

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