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.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Akhila Rajan

Dr. Akhila Rajan

Dr. Toshio Tsukiyama

Dr. Toshio Tsukiyama

Dr. Cecilia Moens

Dr. Cecilia Moens

Dr. Jesse Bloom

Dr. Jesse Bloom

Dr. Akhila Rajan

“The tactile aspect of biology is so important to me. I need to be able to go collect some of the raw data myself.”

Dr. Akhila Rajan is working to solve big challenges that have far reaching implications for human health. Her lab studies how organisms regulate energy signaling and balance; improving our understanding of obesity and its health consequences.

Learn more about the career and research of Dr. Akhila Rajan


“The amazing thing about being at Fred Hutch is that science always comes first. You're charting new courses; you’re really at the edge of what is possible.”

— Dr. Harmit Malik, evolutionary biologist

The Singhvi Lab, part of the Basic Science Division, at Fred Hutch.
Faculty & Labs

Generating New Insights

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

Microscope Lab work
Research Programs

The Basis 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, January 22, 2020