Beckman Research Departments, Divisions & Centers

Beckman Research Departments, Divisions & Centers

Every department of Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope includes internationally-acclaimed scientists and support staff who are among the best in their respective fields, pursuing a diverse range of research. The result? A history of breakthrough innovations helping patients here and around the world, with even more to come in the years ahead.

Cancer Biology

Uncovering the basic mechanisms of genetics, gene expression and function, signaling pathways, mutagenesis, DNA repair and epigenetics as they relate to the development and progression of cancer.

Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics

Studies here are focused on discovering the fundamental mechanisms of DNA replication and DNA damage repair during cell growth.

Center for Cancer and Aging

The Center for Cancer and Aging unites investigators from all cancer disciplines to study biology, treatment and survivorship issues that face older adults with cancer.

Clinical Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism

For patients with diabetes and other endocrine or metabolic disorders, therapy options and management approaches for diabetes and endocrinology are more plentiful than ever. Treatment is tailored to the individual, with the type of disease and its severity determining the optimal course of treatment.

Computational and Quantitative Medicine

The Department of Computational and Quantitative Medicine within the Beckman Research Institute was created to integrate various aspects of computational medicine. It is charged with building cross-disciplinary collaborations and developing better diagnostic tools, improved personalized therapies and more efficient clinical trials, consistent with the mission of City of Hope.

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

Offering a multidisciplinary research and training environment in neurobiology with a particular focus on developmental aspects of the nervous system.

Diabetes & Cancer Discovery Science

Led by Joyce Niland, Ph.D., the Department of Diabetes & Cancer Discovery Science within the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute provides leading-edge research to support advances in diabetes, metabolism and oncology research.

Diabetes Complications & Metabolism

The Department of Diabetes Complications & Metabolism, directed by Rama Natarajan, Ph.D., is at the forefront of research on the complications of diabetes and was the first to study epigenetic changes in diabetic complications.

Diabetes Immunology

The Department of Diabetes Immunology, headed by Bart O. Roep, Ph.D., is dedicated to studying immune system mechanisms and their impact on diabetes development and control — particularly type 1 diabetes.

Hematologic Malignancies Translational Science

By improving the understanding of leukemia stem cells, researchers are working at developing cures for leukemia and other hematologic malignancies.


Researchers in the Department of Immuno-Oncology are pioneering medical science that harnesses the power of the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. They intend to move immunotherapy forward to the front lines by making it a highly effective primary treatment option, capable of producing more powerful, less toxic cures.

Lymphoma SPORE

Our Lymphoma Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) is developing translational studies to improve the detection and therapy of lymphoma, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Molecular and Cellular Biology

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology studies an array of biological systems and problems, focusing on the mechanisms regulating expression of genetic information at both the transcriptional level and the post-transcriptional level.

Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology

The Department of Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology, headed by Debbie C. Thurmond, Ph.D., is pioneering efforts to investigate biological mechanisms involved with type 1 and type 2 diabetes development and substances that promote or interfere with those processes.

Molecular Imaging & Therapy

With a dual focus on molecular immunology and structural biology, principal investigators here are researching cell and tumor immunology and structure analysis.

Molecular Medicine

Scientist here are investigating the mechanisms underlying cancer and other diseases to develop novel molecular therapeutics.

Population Sciences

Researchers across multiple divisions are targeting what causes cancer, how to prevent people from getting cancer, and how to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors.

Systems Biology

The Department of Systems Biology aims to understand the complex biological systems involved in signal transduction and in the transcriptional, epigenetic and metabolic regulation of hematological malignancies, leukemia and lymphoma.

Translational Research & Cellular Therapeutics

Led by Fouad Kandeel, M.D., Ph.D., this department focuses on stem cell biology and development, translational immunology, islet imaging, isolation and distribution, islet quality assessment and new drug discoveries to improve diabetes treatment and management.

The Wanek Family Project for Type 1 Diabetes

Scientists at The Wanek Family Project for Type 1 Diabetes are creating powerful new approaches to treating type 1 diabetes that will move beyond just managing the disease to curing it.