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Collaboration, risk taking, and staying close to the scientific community are our best opportunities to accelerate progress in science.”
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September 21, 2018 | Bruce Martin, Science Technology, and Nicholas Sofroniew, Science, in discussion at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu
Carly Cheung, scientist in the Protein Sciences group, shows Sandra Chipuka and Ernestine Dada Johnson, Emerging Leaders from the TechWomen program, tools used in the BSL-1 lab at the CZ Biohub in San Francisco.
October 4, 2018 | Carly Cheung, scientist at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub in San Francisco, shows Sandra Chipuka and Ernestine Dada Johnson, TechWomen's Emerging Leaders, tools used in the BSL-1 lab.

Our Values

We support the science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of this century. As we make progress toward this goal, we are guided by the following values:

People

In every field, and especially in science, talented and motivated people move the field forward. Supporting scientific excellence and creativity is the most effective way to drive progress.

Technology

New tools and technologies enable new discoveries — especially ones that are reliable, robust, scalable, and sharable. Creating and disseminating high-quality tools will improve all of science. Learn about our work in science technology.

Collaboration

Progress accelerates when people work together, within and across fields. Interdisciplinary teams of experimental biologists, computational scientists, engineers, physicians, and patients can dramatically expand our understanding of the human body and illness — the science behind the medicine.

Open Science

The velocity of science and pace of discovery increase as scientists build on each others’ discoveries. Sharing results, open-source software, experimental methods, and biological resources as early as possible will accelerate progress in every area.

Bryant Chhun and Paul Lebel, Research and Development Engineers from the CZ Biohub, teach Heba Elzorkany, an Emerging Leader from the TechWomen program, to use open-source software to control a spinning disk confocal microscope during her training project at the CZ Biohub in San Francisco.
October 4, 2018 | Bryant Chhun and Paul Lebel, Research & Development Engineers from the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub meet with Heba Elzorkany, a TechWomen Emerging Leader.

Our Approach to Supporting Projects

We are a new organization and we have a lot to learn. However, we believe that collaboration, risk taking, and staying close to the scientific community are our best opportunities to accelerate progress in science.

Throughout our work in science, the following principles guide our work:

We help accelerate science
To advance toward solving all diseases, we must accelerate biomedical discovery. Our approach is to support open, collaborative, and networked models of research, and to develop transformative new technologies. Collaboration is the key to success, and technology is our differentiated impact.
We support collaborations between science, medicine, and engineering
By encouraging close collaboration between basic scientists, physicians, computational scientists, and engineers, we will enable breakthroughs that grow from their combined expertise. To that end, we will support new incentives, rewards, and career paths for collaborative research.
We build support for science
We are part of a movement to support basic scientific research. That means recruiting more private and public funders, working with policymakers and advocates, and supporting grassroots public engagement in science. With government, industry, academia, the philanthropic community, and patients and their advocates working together, we will win our fight against disease.
We fund — and we build
By funding research done by great scientists, we can make a direct impact on specific scientific and medical goals. By building technology through the work of our own computational biologists and software engineers, we can enable scientific discovery across the entire scientific community. We pair these approaches by working side-by-side with our collaborators in the scientific community. All tools that we build and fund will be freely available for all non-commercial uses, including pre-commercial use by for-profit entities.
We develop tools and technologies
We work closely with the scientific community to support transformative technologies to empower and advance all of science. Our computational biologists and software engineers work with scientists on the ground to identify challenges and build open-source tools for analyzing, visualizing, and sharing data, using cutting-edge engineering, data science, machine learning, and cloud computing approaches.
We don’t have all the answers, and we continue to learn along the way
We actively seek the advice of scientists, physicians, national and international science funding organizations, engineers, patients and their advocates, and experts of every kind. We believe that collaboration, risk taking, and staying close to the scientific community is our best opportunity to accelerate progress in science.
Adrienne Sussman, Science, listening in on a science team meeting at CZI
September 17, 2018 | Adrienne Sussman, Science, listening in on a science team meeting at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu

Meet Our Team

Kishore Hari, Science Communications, and Anne Claiborne, Science Policy, discussing approaches to support basic science research at CZI.
September 17, 2018 | Kishore Hari, Science Communications, and Anne Claiborne, Science Policy, discussing approaches to support basic science research at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu

With backgrounds across different areas of science and tech, our team’s collective expertise guides our work and helps us find new solutions to challenging problems.

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Cori Bargmann
Marcio Von Muhlen and Samantha Scovanner, Science Technology, at a monthly product management team meeting at CZI.
September 17, 2018 | Marcio Von Muhlen and Samantha Scovanner, Science Technology, at a monthly product management team meeting at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu

Team

Cori Bargmann Head of Science
Marc Malandro Vice President of Operations for Science
Jonathan Goldman Head of Data
Phil Smoot Head of Engineering
Arne Bakker Manager, Scientific Meetings
Katja Brose Science Program Officer
Elizabeth Caley Chief of Staff, Meta
Anne Claiborne Health Policy Lead
Jonah Cool Science Program Manager
Jeremy Freeman Director, Computational Biology
Kristin Hendrix Design and User Experience Research Manager, Science
Kathryn Koehler Director of Engineering, Meta
Jeff MacGregor Director of Communications for Science
Bruce Martin Director of Engineering
Ed McCleskey Science Program Officer
Sam Molyneux General Manager, Meta
Tania Simoncelli Director of Policy for Science
Marcio von Muhlen Product Manager, Platform, Science
James Wang Director of Engineering
Nina Cardoza Manager of Grants and Operations for Science

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Advisory Board

We can’t do this alone. Our Science Advisory Board informs our priorities and allows us to draw on a wide range of expertise as we shape our strategy, establish partnerships, and develop scientific projects. Members of our Board include:

Tobias Bonhoeffer Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology
David Haussler University of California, Santa Cruz
Arthur Levinson Calico
Molly Maleckar Allen Institute for Brain Science
Yuri Milner DST Global
Shirley Tilghman Princeton University
Robert Tjian Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of California, Berkeley
Harold Varmus Weill Cornell Medical College
Huda Zoghbi Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Baylor College of Medicine

Our Policies

We use a variety of mechanisms to support science, including targeted grantmaking as well as open competitions in specific areas (Requests for Applications). We prioritize supporting research communities and not just individual researchers, so we support workshops, hackathons, and travel that enables collaboration among our partners. In supporting these efforts, the following policies govern our work:

Software

We will release software developed by our own team and our funded partners under maximally permissive open-source licenses, and develop software collaboratively in the open through sites like GitHub.

Intellectual Property

We do not request rights to IP developed by our partners. However, any IP generated by a CZI-supported investigator and/or as part of a CZI-funded research project must be made freely available for all academic and non-commercial uses, including pre-commercial use by for-profit entities.

Data Sharing, Maintenance, and Security

We support open sharing of data because it lets scientists build on each others’ work to make new discoveries faster. We are committed to the long-term sustainability of our projects, and when needed, we will ensure long-term data access through permanent archives. In all projects involving human subjects, we will work with our external partners and with regulatory groups to support data privacy and security, and ensure that data requiring protection or controlled access are handled in agreement with national and international standards.

Publication

We support full publication without conditions or restrictions. We strongly encourage, and in some cases, may require, researchers to deposit manuscripts as preprints before peer review to increase access to research findings and to communicate results more quickly.

Ethics

We hold ourselves and our scientific partners to the highest ethical standards. We require compliance with institutional and national standards for human subjects research and non-human animal research. In addition, we have specific policies addressing scientific misconduct, attribution of credit, respectful treatment of all persons without discrimination, and responsible use of grant funding.

Funding Opportunities

We use a variety of funding mechanisms to support science, including targeted grantmaking, as well as open competitions in specific areas (Requests for Applications). Read about our current and past RFAs in science below.

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