Fox News reporter Abby Huntsman recently visited Salt Lake City to tour Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah and learn more about the cancer center's research impact. ... 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
Chemicals billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. is one of the world’s great optimists. His mom died of cancer in her 50s, and he’s battled four different forms of the disease. His response was to launch the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in the 1990s. His audacious goal: to eradicate the most challenging forms of cancer in one generation. Then, says his son, Peter Huntsman, only half joking, with cancer research beat, he hopes they’ll be able to turn the cancer institute into a hotel.... Read More
More than 20 researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah made their mark on the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting this year. Held in Washington, D.C., the convention drew more than 21,500 cancer researchers from all over the world. Scientists attended sessions on topics from immunotherapy to precision medicine. About 15 researchers from HCI presented posters in the main conference hall, on a wide range of topics. ... Read More
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
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