Basic Sciences Division

Making Foundational Discoveries

Basic science discoveries underlie the innovative cures and treatments we develop at Fred Hutch. Our research teams strive to understand the normal molecular functioning of cells as well as the disruption that causes complex diseases like cancer and HIV infection.

Founded in 1981, the Basic Sciences Division has since expanded to include more than 30 laboratory groups that explore topics as diverse as regulation of cell division and mechanisms controlling wound repair. Our research has yielded a number of landmark breakthroughs and scientific advances, including two Nobel Prize-winning discoveries that may inform new approaches to cancer treatment.

Grounded in a steadfast commitment to scientific excellence and bold creativity, the Basic Sciences Division encourages robust, ongoing collaboration among divisions, laboratories and clinical researchers.

Dr. Nic Lehrbach Joins Basic Sciences Division

The Lehrbach Lab seeks to understand protein degradation and its role in aging, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

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“Fred Hutch values intellectual creativity and interdisciplinary crosstalk. Being in this enriching environment gives me the confidence to build a research program that lets me take my best shot at tackling challenging problems.”

- Dr. Aakanksha Singhvi, Brain Scientist

Faculty & Labs

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.

Last Modified, April 01, 2021