Beckman Institute

The mission of the Beckman Institute is to invent methods, instrumentation and materials that will open new avenues for fundamental research in the chemical and biological sciences, and to provide technological support for these efforts. The Beckman Institute strives to provide the kind of environment and support that will foster the initiation and early development of research thrusts too innovative or too "high-risk" for the regular sources of research support in government and industry. Activities within the Beckman Institute will be characterized by their promise of significant technological advances in fundamental fields of biology, chemistry and related sciences. The new knowledge that results will ultimately lead to great practical benefits for society and mankind. The Beckman Institute will also further the educational mission of Caltech by actively involving students in its activities.

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The Beckman Institute operates as a cross-divisional research facility and research-facilitating organization within Academic Operations of the California Institute of Technology. Policy and program decisions are made by the Director in conjunction with the Beckman Institute Executive Committee (BIXC), all of whom are Caltech faculty members appointed by the Provost. The current Director is David Tirrell, Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, who began his term in January 2012. The BIXC currently consists of Pamela Bjorkman (Biology), Geoff Blake (Geochemistry), Dennis Dougherty (Chemistry), Scott Fraser (Biology), Sarkis Mazmanian (Biology), Brian Stoltz (Chemistry), and Erik Winfree (Computation and Neural Systems).

Most of the scientific activity in the Beckman Institute is organized into three types of major programs: Resource Centers, Facilities and Pilot Projects. Detailed descriptions of current programs as well information on proposing new ones may be found by following the links on the menu to the left. Requests for support that does not readily fit into one of those groups may also be considered on an ad hoc basis, and should be addressed to the BI Director or Administrator. Public space in the BI building (both indoor and outdoor space) is available for use by the Caltech community as well as appropriate outside groups; information and guidelines for requesting reservations may be found here.