It was one of those rare moments of bipartisanship: Then-Vice President Joe Biden visited the red state of Utah about a year ago and met with the enormously effective Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and former Republican Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. to discuss the C-word. Huntsman noted that “politics had been put aside” in support of Biden’s initiative to cure cancer — dubbed the “cancer moonshot.” ... 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:
- The mechanisms of cell migration and adhesion
- How cells respond to mechanical cues
- Muscle structure and function
We take diverse approaches to study these questions, ranging from studies of individual cells in culture to genetic-based experiments in fruit flies, nematodes, and mice.
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 Joins Nation’s Cancer Centers to Endorse Updated HPV Vaccine Recommendations
Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for human papillomavirus (HPV), Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has united with each of the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in support of recently revised recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).... Read More
There's something about Utah's uncluttered landscape and expansive blue sky that gives Mary Beckerle a sense of mental space. It helps her think, she says, and fuels her desire to explore both mentally and physically. It's the reason the New Jersey native came to the Beehive State in the 1980s to teach at the University of Utah. Thirty years later, she's found herself in the Huntsman Cancer Institute's corner office as its CEO, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the geography she loves so much.... Read More
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is launching a unique program, called HCI-Total Cancer Care, which will follow patients through cancer screenings, treatments, and into good health throughout their lives. The program, which is borne out of HCI’s membership in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), utilizes patient data to help match patients to clinical trials and treatment developments happening across the country, offering never-before-seen access to cutting edge innovations in cancer care, while tracking a patient’s health throughout his or her lifetime.... Read More
Huntsman Cancer Institute’s CEO and director, Mary Beckerle, PhD, has been asked to join Vice President Joe Biden’s Moonshot Program Initiative as an invited member of a new Blue Ribbon Panel, tasked with advising the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) on the scientific opportunities available to accelerate progress against cancer and evaluate potential new investments in cancer research.... Read More
(February 26, 2016) – Today Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) hosted Vice President Joe Biden as a part of the White House administration’s “moonshot” initiative to double the rate of progress toward curing cancer. During his visit, the vice president toured the facility, was given an inside look at the Utah Population Database and participated in a roundtable discussion comprised of Huntsman Cancer Foundation board chairman Jon Huntsman Jr., CEO and director of HCI Dr. Mary Beckerle and Senator Orrin Hatch. Local cancer survivors and physicians, researchers and experts in the field also participated in the roundtable.... Read More