The landmark Salk Institute in La Jolla. Courtesy of the mayor’s office

A senior scientist at the Salk Institute is temporarily giving up a prestigious national post as a result of the gender discrimination suits recently filed against the institute.

According to the journal Science, Dr. Inder Verma, one of the world’s leading authorities on cancer and gene therapy, will give up his position as editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences as a result of the lawsuits.

Science said it had obtained a Dec. 20 email in which Verma announced he was being placed on temporary leave and said the “decision saddens me deeply, particularly because the lawsuits have nothing to do with my work with NAS.”

The Salk is embroiled in gender equality lawsuits filed by three female scientists alleging that the institute undermined and marginalized its tenured female professors.

In one of the suits, according to Science, Verma is listed among the Salk leaders who have been dismissive of their female colleagues and influenced decisions about their funding.

Salk President Elizabeth Blackburn recently announced her departure from the renowned scientific institute after two years at the helm.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.