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

Huntsman Cancer Institute Executive and Researcher Mary Beckerle Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Apr 26, 2021

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

Stories of Fortitude, Aptitude, and Gratitude
Apr 01, 2021

Stories of Fortitude, Aptitude, and Gratitude

“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

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

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