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Benjamin R. Myers, Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Oncological Sciences - Assistant Professor, Biochemistry - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bioengineering - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Academic Office Information

(801) 213-6246

Huntsman Cancer Institute Research North

2000 Circle of Hope, Room: 5343
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Research Interests

  • Hedgehog Pathway
  • Wnt Pathway
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Membrane Lipids
  • Cilia
  • Second Messenger Systems
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell

Ben grew up in NJ and obtained his A.B. degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University. Afterwards, he promptly abandoned the east coast to pursue his Ph.D. in a sunnier environment with David Julius at the University of California, San Francisco, where he focused on the gating of transient receptor potential ion channels using yeast-based functional selections and electrophysiology. For his postdoctoral fellowship, Ben shifted gears by studying membrane signaling in a different area of biology -- development and cancer signaling. He joined the lab of Philip Beachy at Stanford University, where he studied the mechanism of Hedgehog signaling at the membrane from biochemical and biophysical perspectives. Ben joined the faculty of the University of Utah in early 2018.

Research Statement

In multicellular organisms, cell-cell communication is tightly controlled to ensure proper development and prevent diseases such as cancer. Our lab studies a key aspect of this process: how extracellular signals are transmitted across the membrane to the cell interior. ​We are tackling this problem from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on membrane biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, physiology, and a range of related approaches. A better understanding of transmembrane signaling will teach us how cellular identity is specified during development and in post-embryonic tissues, and help us to design better therapies for an array of malignancies.

Education History

Doctoral Training University of California San Francisco
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Undergraduate Harvard University
Biochemical Sciences, magna cum laude