Welcome to the Beckman Institute at Caltech. On this website you will find information about our organization, programs and activities, and exciting developments in research. If you are interested in obtaining further details, or in exploring possibilities for new ventures within or supported by the Beckman Institute, or in using any of the Institute’s facilities, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the contact information provided on the various pages here. Requests that fall outside the regular budget process, such as matching funds towards equipment purchases, or small contributions to support symposia or other activities relevant to BI interests, may be considered on an ad hoc basis; they should be directed to BI Director Marianne Bronner or BI Administrator Jay Labinger. Suggestions for improving the utility and accessibility of this website are also welcome.

THE BECKMAN MUSEUM. The Beckman Room on the ground floor of the Beckman Institute (Room 131 in the southeast lobby) is a small museum devoted to the history of chemistry and to the scientific and philanthropic work of Arnold O. Beckman. The museum is open to walk-in visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. [More]

REVOLUTIONIZING SCIENCE. In the BI Auditorium lobby, you will find a touch screen monitor with "Revolutionizing Science" which is an interactive display that includes one-minute video modules highlighting Dr. Beckman's rich life. He was a renaissance man: an accomplished scientist, a bold entrepreneur, civic leader, and world-renowned philanthropist. Throughout his life, Dr. Beckman paved the way for a myriad of scientific breakthroughs. Thanks to his generosity and vision, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation continues to do so today. This monitor, a gift from the foundation, tells the story of Dr. Beckman and the remarkable impact he has made on millions of people around the world.

The Beckman Institute is a multi-disciplinary research center
for research in the chemical and biological sciences.
The Institute was dedicated in 1989 with funds from the
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91125
(626) 395-6811

  • Beckman Institute Seminar Series

    The Beckman Institute presents a series of seminars to provide the Caltech community greater awareness of the capabilities of its resource centers, facilities and pilot programs.

    The next seminar will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, and will feature the Neurotechnology Center, presented by center director Daniel Wagenaar.[More]

    All seminars take place in the Beckman Institute Auditorium.

  • BI Auditorium Refurbishment Complete!

    This past summer the BI Auditorium was closed for a major refurbishment. It reopened for fall term with new furnishings and technology. There are new seats (including six additional) along with new carpet, new fabric walls and fresh paint. In technology, a nine-monitor video wall was installed. A new video projector was installed so presentations can still be made using a screen. The audio system was replaced and adapted for the room. All presenter control functions are on a simplified touch screen at the podium. Click here for pictures.

  • 2/7/20: Rick Jackson, our long-serving Building Manager and Senior Division Assistant, retires today! Please join us in expressing our appreciation for all he has done to keep the Beckman Institute running smoothly over the last two decades, and our best wishes for the future. His role and responsibilities will be taken over by Susan Ruffins and Pat Anguiano.

  • 10/1/19: Several new programs have been established to begin operations in FY 2020: a Resource Center in Bioinformatics; a Pilot Project in Spatial genomics; and a Facility for EPR Spectroscopy. In addition, the former Pilot Project in Neurotechnology has been approved to continue as a Resource Center. Descriptions, contact information and links to websites may be found on the appropriate pages in the menu at the left of this page.

  • 7/16/19: Marianne Bronner has been named the new director of the Beckman Institute. Bronner replaces Dennis Dougherty, who became the new division chair of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Marianne is the Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering. Her research has focused on developmental biology.

  • 1/26/18: Dennis Dougherty has been appointed as the new Director of the Beckman Institute, replacing David Tirrell, who became Caltech’s Provost last fall. Dennis, who is the George Grant Hoag Professor of Chemistry, has been on the CCE faculty for nearly 40 years. His research program focuses on chemical understanding of the functions of ion channels and neuroreceptors.

  • 8/22/17: The BIXC has approved a proposal for a new project on single cell profiling, led by BBE faculty member Matt Thomson. More information may be found at the Pilot Program link in the menu on the left of the page.

  • 8/11/17: We announce with sorrow the passing of Bill Schaefer, a mainstay of X-ray crystallography at Caltech for nearly four decades, and a central role in the construction of the Beckman Institute. [More]

  • 7/10/17: Beckman Institute Director David Tirrell has been appointed as the new Provost of Caltech, beginning 10/1/17. A new BI Director is expected to be appointed within the next few months - watch this space!

  • 6/15/17: Two long-running Beckman Institute Resource Centers will be coming to a close this summer: the Center for Computational Regulatory Genomics and the Mass Spectrometry Resource Center. Information on continuing activities in these two areas may be found at the corresponding links under "Resource Centers" in the menu at the left of this page.

  • 1/16/17: We note with sorrow the passing of Dick Marsh, who has been a central figure in X-ray crystallography at the Beckman Institute and Caltech for over half a century. A memorial will take place in the Beckman Institute Auditorium at 4 p.m., Thursday Feb. 9, followed by a reception at Dabney Lounge.

  • 1/16/17: Sonja Hess, founding Director of the Proteome Exploration Laboratory, is leaving Caltech for an exciting new position at MedImmune; we thank her for her great contributions and wish her the best in her future career. A search for a new Director is underway.

  • 1/16/17: The Protein/Peptide Microanalytical Laboratory closed at the end of 2016. Please look at our listing of Campus Mass Spectroscopy Resources for other providers.

  • 04/01/16: The Beckman Resource Center for Transmission Electron Microscopy, led by Grant Jensen, is pleased to announce a new addition to their EM arsenal: an FEI Titan Krios microscope equipped with a phase plate and a direct detector. [More]