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CZI Science 5-Year Anniversary Symposium

Watch the virtual symposium celebrating our work over the
past five years and looking ahead to what’s next.

CZI | How We Support Science

Is it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of this century? We think so. In the last 100 years, biomedical science has made tremendous strides in advancing human health and treating disease, but much more can be achieved in the years to come. We seek to accelerate progress by awarding grants for scientific research that can advance entire fields, building and funding transformative technologies in partnership with the scientific community, and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations in science. Learn how CZI supports its Science work.

Over the next decade, CZI Science is focused on developing new research, institutes, and technologies to measure and observe human biology in new ways to help deepen our understanding of human health and disease.

Our Science Programs

We work in areas where we think we can make a differentiated impact through supporting technology development, interdisciplinary research collaborations, and partnerships. Learn about our work in science.

Technology

We aim to help make every scientist a better scientist by improving the tools and technologies they rely on every day. We work closely with researchers to understand their challenges and build solutions for the scientific community.

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

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In September 2016, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg announced CZI’s first big scientific bet with the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub), a unique research institution that brings together scientists and engineers from Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; and University of California, San Francisco, to take on large-scale scientific challenges in areas like cell biology and infectious disease research.

Building off the successes and lessons learned from the CZ Biohub, CZI is forming a CZ Biohub Network, in which new Biohubs will be created to bring together leading scientific and technology institutions with the goal of pursuing grand scientific challenges on 10- to 15-year time horizons. Applications to create the next CZ Biohub are now closed. Learn more about the selection process.

By funding great science, doing the research that can’t be done in conventional environments, and building hardware and software tools for everyone, we think we can help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery.

STEVE QUAKE

Meet Our Team

Two Science Policy team members discussing approaches to support basic science research at CZI.
September 17, 2018 | Kishore Hari and Anne Claiborne, Science Policy, discussing approaches to support basic science research at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu.
UCSF MD/PhD student Elizabeth McCarthy handles patient samples in the COVID-19 testing lab at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub.
Spring 2020. Elizabeth McCarthy, an MD/PhD student at UCSF, handles patient samples. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, more than 100 students and fellows volunteered to work in the COVID-19 testing lab at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. Photograph by Noah Berger, UCSF.
Samantha Scovanner, CZI Science Technology, gives a talk about accelerating science at scale.
August 29, 2018 | Samantha Scovanner, Science Technology, gives a talk about accelerating science at scale. Photograph by Barbara Ries.
June 2022 | Stephen Quake was named the new Head of Science, overseeing a shared and comprehensive strategy across all of our science work. | Photograph by CZI

Leadership Team

Steve Quake HEAD OF SCIENCE
Marc Malandro, Vice President of Operations, CZI.
Marc Malandro Vice President of Operations
Phil Smoot, Vice President, Engineering and Head of Science Technology, CZI.
Phil Smoot Vice President, Engineering and Head of Science Technology
Arne Bakker, Director of Meetings and Community, CZI.
Arne Bakker DIRECTOR OF MEETINGS AND COMMUNITY
Cori Bargmann, Head of Science, CZI.
Cori Bargmann DISTINGUISHED FELLOW AND HEAD OF SCIENCE EMERITA
Patricia Brennan, Director of Product Management for Science Technology, CZI.
Patricia Brennan Director of Product Management for Science Technology
Katja Brose, Program Officer, Neurodegeneration Challenge Network, CZI.
Katja Brose PROGRAM OFFICER, NEURODEGENERATION CHALLENGE NETWORK
Nina Cardoza, Director of Grants and Operations, CZI.
Nina Cardoza DIRECTOR OF GRANTS AND OPERATIONS
Jonah Cool, Program Officer, Single-Cell Biology, CZI.
Jonah Cool PROGRAM OFFICER,
SINGLE-CELL BIOLOGY
Jeff MacGregor, Vice President of Communications, CZI.
Jeff MacGregor VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
Bruce Martin, Director of Engineering, CZI.
Bruce Martin DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING
Ed McCleskey, Program Officer, CZI.
Ed McCleskey PROGRAM OFFICER
Stephani Otte, Program Officer, Imaging, CZI.
Stephani Otte Program Officer, Imaging
Tania Simoncelli, Vice President of Science in Society, CZI.
Tania Simoncelli VICE PRESIDENT OF SCIENCE IN SOCIETY
Dario Taraborelli, Program Officer, Open Science, CZI.
Dario Taraborelli PROGRAM OFFICER, OPEN SCIENCE

Advisory Board

We can’t accelerate science 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.

Tobias Bonhoeffer, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, CZI Science Advisory Board.
Tobias Bonhoeffer MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE OF NEUROBIOLOGY
Arthur Levinson, Calico; Former Board Member and Current Advisor, CZI Science Advisory Board.
Arthur Levinson CALICO; FORMER BOARD MEMBER AND CURRENT ADVISOR
Molly Maleckar, Simula Research Laboratory and Advisory Board Chair, CZI Science Advisory Board.
Molly Maleckar SIMULA RESEARCH LABORATORY AND ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR
Yuri Milner, DST Global, CZI Science Advisory Board.
Yuri Milner DST GLOBAL
Shirley Tilghman, Princeton University, CZI Science Advisory Board.
Shirley Tilghman PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Robert Tjian, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of California, Berkeley, CZI Science Advisory Board.
Robert Tjian HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Harold Varmus, Weill Cornell Medical College, CZI Science Advisory Board.
Harold Varmus WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE
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