Our world-class faculty members have broad and diverse expertise — ranging from cell biology to medicine, from chemistry to structural biology. And the LSI provides them with a research home purposefully designed to foster creative risk taking, interdisciplinary collaboration and professional growth.
Our approach is to provide superior scientific tools and administrative support, allowing each faculty member to spend more time focused on what really matters — their research.
Why does cancer start? How does it spread? How are key growth and nutrient pathways involved? LSI researchers are asking fundamental questions about basic biological processes and, when things go awry, how they give rise to cancer.
At a fundamental level, much about how cells organize and regulate their activities remains unclear. LSI researchers are probing the most basic processes of living organisms to shed new light on human health and disease.
Neuroscience & Neurological Disease
Of all the organs, the brain remains the most mysterious. LSI researchers are exploring vital questions across many areas — like the regulation of the senses, and the molecular underpinnings of neurodegeneration and neurological disease.
Chemical Biology & Chemistry
You'll find LSI faculty doing exciting work that spans the boundary between the disciplines of chemistry and biology. We have particular strength in natural products — harnessing the power of chemistry that evolved within microorganisms.
Genetic analysis plays a key role in basic science research at the LSI — from investigating why patients react differently to radiation therapy, to understanding blood clotting disorders, to studying how sensory information can influence genetic programs related to longevity.
Form is the gateway to function. By solving three-dimensional structures of proteins in their folded forms, scientists can glean important insights into how they work. LSI faculty have expertise in X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy.