With a staff of more than 500, including nearly 100 principal investigators, Beckman Research Institute undertakes fundamental investigations in basic biology and genetics.
The Department of Cancer Biology offers a multidisciplinary research and training environment in tumor cell biology, radiation biology, molecular biology, genetics, epigenetics and developmental biology.
Cancer Immunotherapeutics & Tumor Immunology
Dedicated to discovering immune-based cancer therapies, the Department of Cancer Immunotherapeutics & Tumor Immunology conducts research in a new and evolving field and is known particularly for its studies using genetically engineered T cells.
Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research
This department focuses on understanding the genetic and molecular bases of diabetes, developing novel treatment approaches for diabetes and preventing associated diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke.
With a dual focus on immunology and structural biology, the Department of Immunology explores cancer immunology and biochemistry, antigen processing and T cell development.
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Maintaining a strong emphasis on the interface of chemistry and biology, the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology focuses on gene structure, modeling of antibodies, theoretical biology and more.
Established in 1996, the Department of Molecular Medicine seeks to understand basic mechanisms underlying cancer and other diseases for the purpose of developing novel molecular therapeutics.
The Department of Molecular Pharmacology aims to bridge the gap between the development of promising new drugs and their application in the clinic.
The Department of Neurosciences focuses on a range of research related to the brain and nervous system, including studies of molecular neurobiology/neurochemistry, neurophysiology, neuromorphology and molecular genetics.
Department researchers collaborate to better understand the causes of cancer, improve outcomes and develop ways to prevent cancer through discoveries made in population studies, survivorship, patterns of care and more.
The Department of Radiation Biology studies the fundamental mechanisms of cancers and radiation resistance in cancer cells to find a solution to improve the efficacy of radiation therapy.
Research in the Department of Virology supports eight faculty members and laboratories with research including viral vector development, viral immunology, and vaccine development. The program includes early phase clinical trials in gene transfer and in vaccine evaluation.