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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.

Scientific illustration of cell migration

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.

Reagent and Protocol Requests

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

Phone: 801-585-3872

Mary Beckerle, PhD

CEO, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Cancer Center Bio