Primary Focus: How Cells Modulate Their Behavior

The primary focus of our laboratory's research is examining how cells modulate their behavior in response to both extrinsic and intrinsic signals. This process of signal integration has profound effects on cell migration, morphology, and function—behaviors that, when aberrant, can lead to cancer and other diseases.

Cell Migration Research

Ongoing Research Topics

Ongoing research topics include:

  • Mechanisms of cell migration and adhesion
  • Cells response to mechanical cues
  • Mechanism of tumor progression and metastasis

We take diverse approaches to study these questions, ranging from studies of individual cells in culture to genetic-based experiments in mouse models.

How This Research Helps You

The Beckerle lab studies how cells move. This information is used to learn how cancer spreads throughout the body, and how to prevent that from happening.

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News & Blog

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Statement on the Passing of Jon M. Huntsman, HCI Founder
Health Care Transformation, Education, Clinical,
Feb 02, 2018

Statement on the Passing of Jon M. Huntsman, HCI Founder

Huntsman Cancer Institute,

We are truly saddened at the passing of our remarkable founder and benefactor, Jon M. Huntsman, this afternoon. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. Other than his family, his greatest passion was to eradicate cancer. We will honor his legacy by continuing to provide hope and healing to all impacted by this disease. ... Read More

Utah Billionaire Jon Huntsman Opens New Children's Cancer Research Center
Clinical, Education, Health Care Transformation, Research
Jun 22, 2017

Utah Billionaire Jon Huntsman Opens New Children's Cancer Research Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute,

Chemicals billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. is one of the world’s great optimists. His mom died of cancer in her 50s, and he’s battled four different forms of the disease. His response was to launch the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in the 1990s. His audacious goal: to eradicate the most challenging forms of cancer in one generation. Then, says his son, Peter Huntsman, only half joking, with cancer research beat, he hopes they’ll be able to turn the cancer institute into a hotel.... Read More

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Share Expertise at National Cancer Meeting
Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Research, Education
Apr 11, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Share Expertise at National Cancer Meeting

Huntsman Cancer Institute,

More than 20 researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah made their mark on the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting this year. Held in Washington, D.C., the convention drew more than 21,500 cancer researchers from all over the world. Scientists attended sessions on topics from immunotherapy to precision medicine. About 15 researchers from HCI presented posters in the main conference hall, on a wide range of topics. ... Read More

Mary Beckerle
Mary Beckerle, PhD
Principal Investigator
mary.beckerle@hci.utah.edu
Cancer Center Bio

Reagent and Protocol Requests

To request reagents or protocols from the Beckerle Lab, please contact Chris Jensen.

Phone: 801-585-3872
email: chris.jensen@hci.utah.edu