Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Co-President Dr. Joseph DeRisi Talks IDseq, Virus Hunting on Adam Savage’s Podcast

Dec 4, 2018


Chan Zuckerberg Biohub co-president, Dr. Joseph DeRisi, joined MythBuster Adam Savage to discuss his career as a virus hunter and the launch of IDSeq, an open-source, cloud-based analysis platform that uses metagenomic sequencing data to detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks around the world.

DeRisi, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UC San Francisco (UCSF), details his experiences tracking mysterious infectious diseases, from viruses to the brain-eating amoeba Balamuthia mandrillaris. This lifelong dedication to tracking these pathogens led to the development of IDSeq at DeRisi’s UCSF lab. CZI is teaming up with the Biohub and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to train global health workers to begin using this tool in their own countries.

“What we are doing is creating is an emerging, new pathogen intelligence platform….with sensors all over the world,” said DeRisi on the launch of IDSeq. “I want to spin up a whole bunch of sites across to world to create a global dashboard — a real-time molecular dashboard.”

Learn more about IDseq.

About the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
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About the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan in December 2015, is a new kind of philanthropic organization that brings together world-class engineering, grant-making, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work. Our initial areas of focus include supporting science through basic biomedical research and education through personalized learning. We are also exploring other issues tied to the promotion of equal opportunity including access to affordable housing and criminal justice reform.