Huntsman Cancer Institute's CEO, Mary Beckerle, PhD, and Senior Director of Pre-Clinical Translation, Martin McMahon, PhD, have been appointed to prominent national advisory boards within the National Institutes of Health to provide expert advice on national cancer research initiatives.... Read More
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.
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.
News & Blog
The state of Huntsman Cancer Institute is strong and focused, according to CEO Mary Beckerle, PhD. The annual presentation to faculty, staff, and students is a chance for Dr. Beckerle to reflect on accomplishments of the prior year and outline priorities for the future.... Read More
The West is known for its "can-do" spirit, for the willingness of people to work together. At Huntsman Cancer Institute, we strive to push the boundaries of cancer research and care and attain results beyond what we thought was possible. We've made a commitment to advance cutting-edge cancer research and care in the Mountain West region. ... Read More
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
Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, is this year’s recipient of the Alfred G. Knudson Award in Cancer Genetics from the National Cancer Institute.... Read More
CEO of Huntsman Cancer Institute Inducted Alongside President Obama to American Philosophical Society
SALT LAKE CITY – Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, has been elected to highly distinguished membership in the American Philosophical Society (APS), joining a group of 32 inductees that includes former United States president Barack Obama. ... Read More