U.S. News and World Report has again ranked Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah among the best hospitals in the country for cancer care.... 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
Mary Beckerle, PhD, describes how the clinical landscape has changed during her career, as well as discussing the future at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the unique relationship between its caregivers and patients.... Read More
Huntsman Cancer Institute Executive and Researcher Mary Beckerle Elected to National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences has elected Mary Beckerle, PhD, Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO, as a member. Beckerle is among 120 newly elected members announced and according to the National Academy, election as a member in this organization is widely accepted as a mark of excellence in scientific achievement and is considered one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. ... Read More
In response to a national reckoning on racism in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, HCI made a major commitment to create meaningful changes that would result in a more just, equitable, and inclusive environment. The commitment was direct: to become an anti-racist cancer center.... Read More
“Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” This quote from author James Lane Allen epitomizes how the passionate individuals and teams at Huntsman Cancer Institute rose to the challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO Mary Beckerle, PhD, shares examples from the past year of fortitude, aptitude, and gratitude as Huntsman Cancer Institute held fast to its commitment of putting patients and community first.... Read More
At Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), we are familiar with tackling major and complex challenges, like cancer. We will similarly dedicate ourselves to tackling racism. Meaningful action is long overdue. We fall short of our vision to deliver a cancer-free frontier if we do not succeed in our efforts to achieve equity, diversity, and inclusion.... Read More