Skip to Content

Executive Team

Edward W. Holmes, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer

Edward W. Holmes, M.D., is a Distinguished Professor of the University of California and Vice Chancellor/Dean Emeritus of Health Sciences at UC San Diego. He is also Executive Deputy Chairman of the Biomedical Research Council and Chairman of the National Medical Research Council, Singapore.

Holmes has served on numerous advisory boards including the National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health, the Board of Directors of Tularik, and the Scientific Advisory Board of GlaxoSmithKline which he chairs. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Holmes holds a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jeffrey A. Steindorf, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Steindorf guides the strategic direction and manages the administrative, capital, and financial operations of Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. Previously, as Associate Vice Chancellor for campus planning at the University of California, San Diego, Steindorf provided leadership in near-term and long-range capital planning, enrollment planning, environmental impact analyses, and physical planning, and led institutional research and indirect cost rate negotiations with DHHS. Prior to assuming administrative responsibilities, he received individual support from NIH to conduct postdoctoral research in cognition and decision-making at UC San Diego and from NSF to train in quantitative methods at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Steindorf received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Northern Illinois University.

Kim Witmer, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Kim Witmer is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Salk Institute. She oversees all financial activities of the Salk, including financial reporting and treasury functions, research accounting, annual budgets, procurement, grants administration and endowment/investment management.  Prior to joining the Salk, Ms. Witmer worked for the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche.

Ms. Witmer also acts as past President of AIRI, the Association of Independent Research Institutes, as well as serving on AIRI’s Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee. AIRI brings together nearly 100 independent, not-for-profit biomedical and behavioral research institutes whose mission is to enhance the ability of its members to improve human health and advance knowledge.

Ms. Witmer is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in business administration from San Diego State University.

Robin Samit, Vice President & Secretary

Robin Samit is the Associate Dean of Health Sciences at UC San Diego overseeing
affiliate and industry affairs for the School of Medicine, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the UC San Diego Health System. Ms. Samit has also served as founding Chair of the Law & Medicine Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, and as a board member or officer of several San Diego nonprofit organizations. Ms. Samit holds a B.A. from UCLA, a J.D. from California Western School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in California.