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.

Learn about the people and discoveries that have made the division such an amazing place over its more than forty-year history.

Dr. Akhila Rajan to Present the 2023 Judith H. Greenberg Early Career Investigator Lecture

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

Grant King named a 2023 Damon Runyon Fellow Malik Lab postdoc will study how cells handle extra-chromosomal DNA August 16, 2023
Dr. Akhila Rajan receives McKnight Award Obesity researcher explores how mitochondria may be conduit by which fat influences brain health July 31, 2023
Dr. Cecilia Moens receives prestigious NINDS Javits Award Seven-year grant will support re-imagining of strategy used by developing interneurons to find the brain July 19, 2023
Dr. Mroj Alassaf named a 2023 Helen Hay Whitney Fellow Award will allow Rajan Lab postdoc to study why fat sends mitochondrial components to the brain June 23, 2023