Roger Brent, Ph.D.

Title
Member
Department
Basic Sciences Division
Institution
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Address
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
P.O. Box 19024
City, State, Zip
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone
(206) 667-1482
E-mail
rbrent[at]fhcrc.org
Website
http://labs.fhcrc.org/brent/index.html
Research Field
Genetics
Award Year
1987

Research

The lab studies how living cells sense, represent, transmit and act upon information to make decisions about their future states. Current studies concern a prototypic cell signaling system in yeast and will soon expand to other cell signaling systems. Experimental work proceeds in concert with efforts to account for observed quantitative signaling behaviors by simulation. Work requires continual development and refinement of experimental and computational methods, many of which find application to other biological problems. Continuing study of the genetic and physiological control of intracellular signals and the information they carry should continue to reveal additional mechanisms for cellular and organismic decision making. It should also suggest modalities for experimental manipulations and therapeutic interventions.

The lab includes, experimentally, a social science component. Lab members are supported in their efforts to identify and analyze how the outcomes of their research and the ongoing increases in biological knowledge and capability might impact human affairs.