The Scripps Research Institute, which includes a campus in Jupiter, Florida, is headquartered on its La Jolla, California site, just north of the City of San Diego.
The California campus’s roots stretch back to the Scripps Metabolic Clinic, founded in La Jolla by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps in 1924. Since that time, the institute has evolved from a small facility to diagnose, treat, and investigate diabetes and other disorders of metabolism to one of the world’s largest independent biomedical research organizations.
Currently, the La Jolla campus provides more than one million square feet of space on 35 acres of land (14.7 of which are owned by the institute) next to the Pacific Ocean. Located in close proximity to the University of California, San Diego, the campus is situated with easy access to San Diego's scientific community, which includes the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, as well as a concentration of some 300 biotechnology companies.
Approximately 2,100 scientists and staff currently work on the La Jolla campus in areas including immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, virology, and synthetic vaccine development. Particularly significant is the study of the basic structure and design of biological molecules; in this arena, the La Jolla campus is among a handful of the world's leading centers.
Supporting this research is an array of cutting-edge technology, including LINUX high-performance computing clusters, X-ray crystallography laboratories, high performance NMR spectrometry, electron microscopy, optical spectroscopy, a DNA sequencing laboratory, and a fluorescence-activated cell-sorting facility.
In addition to training hundreds of postdoctoral fellows, the California campus offers a top-ranked graduate program in the biological and chemical sciences that was founded in 1989 and subsequently expanded to include training in Florida. In addition, the California campus offers internships and other science education programs for teachers, undergraduates, and local high school and middle school students.