Basic Sciences Division


Molecular evolution of proteins and viruses

Rapid evolution is a defining factor of most viral diseases, including influenza. Studying the evolution of diseases answers important biologic qluestions.

Photo by Robert Hood/Fred Hutch


The complex traits of human disease.

Katie Peichel inspects tanks of stickleback fish. Many diseases in stickleback result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors just as in human diseases.

Photo by Fred Hutch


Dissecting the cellular aging process

Dan Gottschling and colleague review the growth of yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is used as a model system for studying the aging process in eukaryotic cells.

Photo by Fred Hutch

Making Foundational Discoveries

Our Faculty

Basic scientists answer fundamental biological questions and produces new insights on the basic biology of life processes and cancer development.  Our faculty include structural, genetic, molecular, cellular, developmental and evolutionary biology investigators working in diverse areas related to all aspects of biology.  

News / Publications

Current News

Read Fred Hutch News articles, news releases and scientific publications involving basic sciences researchers and their accomplishments.

Weintraub Award

Award Recipients

Given annually, the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award recognizes outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences.

Scientific Exchange

Meetings / Clubs

Friday Evening and Seattle Fly Club meetings are on hold for the summer.  Upcoming meetings:

  • Sept 3    Seattle Mitosis

Scheduled Seminars

Current Biology Series

Features weekly seminars with presentations by Hutch and outside scientists to share the latest developments and recent research.

  • June 23 D. Allan Drummond

Scientific Excellence

About Our Division

Basic science discoveries are the foundation for understanding the causes of and developing the treatments for human disease.  Our varied research interests have led to a number of significant discoveries.

Groundbreaking Work

Our Research Focus

We have 29 laboratories working in diverse areas related to all aspects of biology aimed at understanding how the many systems of cells interact and are regulated.    

Career Opportunities

Find A Position

We are seeking outstanding scientists interested in conducting cutting-edge research into fundamental biological questions.  We also sponsor postdoctoral fellows, talented graduate students or recent graduates.