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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.

Dr. Melody Campbell Named Pew Scholar

Structural biologist explores how cells interact with their surroundings

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

Latest Fred Hutch research on COVID-19 How Hutch scientists have been tackling coronavirus in lab and clinic June 30, 2022
Dr. Melody Campbell named Pew Scholar Structural biologist explores how cells interact with their surroundings June 14, 2022
Lessons from mom: How to be the best immune system you can be Dr. Meghan Koch’s work in mice on how breast milk’s immune proteins shape infant immune system, long-term health could someday help human babies May 5, 2022
Drs. Harmit Malik and Steve Henikoff elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences Election honors scientists’ contributions to understanding of fundamental biology April 28, 2022
Last Modified, June 14, 2022