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.


News & Blog

Our Commitment to End Racism at Huntsman Cancer Institute
Jul 10, 2020

Our Commitment to End Racism at Huntsman Cancer Institute

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

2020 State of Huntsman Cancer Institute Address
May 08, 2020

2020 State of Huntsman Cancer Institute Address

On May 6, 2020, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) CEO Mary Beckerle, PhD, gave her State of HCI address. This event is an annual tradition at HCI, where the CEO reports on progress of the past year and plans for the future. Less ordinary during this global coronavirus pandemic, however, was the format. Dr. Beckerle spoke to faculty and staff safely via live video stream. ... Read More

COVID-19 Response Update: April 30, 2020
Apr 30, 2020

COVID-19 Response Update: April 30, 2020

Our CEO Mary Beckerle shares an update to explain the steps Huntsman Cancer Institute is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Updates are also regularly available on our social media pages.... Read More

Mary Beckerle
Mary Beckerle, PhD
CEO, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
Cancer Center Bio

Reagent and Protocol Requests

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

Phone: 801-585-3872