Basic Sciences Division

Making Foundational Discoveries

Basic research is at the foundation of all scientific discoveries, underlying the innovative cures and treatments developed at Fred Hutch.

Founded in 1981, the Basic Sciences Division has continually evolved to be at the forefront of discovery; seeking to understand the fundamental underpinnings of our own biology as well as the dysregulations that cause disease. Our research has yielded numerous landmark breakthroughs and scientific advances. We believe an inclusive, collaborative, egalitarian and creative environment is the basis for scientific innovation and world-changing discoveries.

Basic Sciences Division 2022 Annual Report

Read a message from division director Dr. Sue Biggins, learn about the careers of Drs. Mark Groudine and Linda Breeden, meet our newest faculty, get updates from each of our labs, and much more.

faculty and lab

Generating New Insights

Our faculty includes investigators studying structural, genetic, molecular, cellular, developmental and evolutionary biology.  

research programs

The Basics for Discovery

Division scientists conduct cutting-edge research that explores the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. 

Fundamental Biology and Forward Thinking

Learn about our scientific leadership, job openings, upcoming events and seminars hosted by the Basic Sciences research team.

Latest Basic Sciences News

Chromatin researcher and professor of radiation oncology Dr. Mark Groudine retires after four decades Revealed important nature of DNA packaging, dedicated decades to center administration January 27, 2023
Geneticist and cell-cycle expert Dr. Linda Breeden retires Revealed genetic underpinnings of cell cycle and cell dormancy January 25, 2023
Eight Fred Hutch teams win Evergreen Fund awards Research projects with commercial partnership potential receive grants of up to $200K December 13, 2022
Susan Parkhurst named Mark Groudine Endowed Chair for Outstanding Achievements in Science and Service Chair honors her exceptional research into cells’ internal scaffolding, service to Fred Hutch November 17, 2022