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CZI Science 5-Year Anniversary Symposium

December 7, 2021  |   10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. PT

Watch the full video from the virtual symposium celebrating our work over the past five years and looking ahead to what’s next. You can also scroll down to see each chapter video.


Five years ago CZI co-founders and co-CEOs, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, announced the launch of the Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative with a bold mission: to support the science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all disease by the end of the century.

Fast forward to today and together with our colleagues, grantees, partners, and collaborators, we have learned a tremendous amount about how to accelerate biomedical science to advance human health. Together with the scientific community, our science and technology teams have made progress in characterizing human cells and visualizing biological processes; in bringing together experts across disciplines and career stages to tackle disease; in identifying and democratizing valuable and emerging methods, tools, and datasets; and in supporting patient communities. And we’re just getting started!

You can also check out the highlights from the symposium in this digital booklet.

Chapter 1
Building the science of the future
  • Priscilla Chan Co-founder and co-CEO, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Mark Zuckerberg Co-founder and co-CEO, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Cori Bargmann Head of Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Phil Smoot Vice President of Engineering and Head of Science Technology, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Chapter 2
A periodic table of human cells
  • Moderator: Jonah Cool Program Officer, Single-Cell Biology, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Aviv Regev Executive Vice President of Genentech Research and Early Development, Genentech
    Co-founder, Human Cell Atlas International Consortium
  • Sarah Teichmann Head of Cellular Genetics and Senior Group Leader, Sanger Institute
    Co-founder and Principal, Human Cell Atlas International Consortium
  • Rahul Satija Core Faculty Member, NY Genome Center
    Associate Professor of Biology, New York University
  • Ambrose Carr Group Product Manager, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Chapter 3
Seeing biology in unprecedented detail
  • Moderator: Stephani Otte Program Officer, Imaging, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Holger Müller Associate Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Peter Lee Professor of Material Science, University College London
  • Mikhail Shapiro Professor of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • Nicholas Sofroniew Group Product Manager, Imaging, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Chapter 4
Backing rising talent in science
  • Moderator: Katja Brose Program Officer, Neurodegeneration Challenge Network, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Viviana Gradinaru Professor of Neuroscience and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • Sergiu Pasca Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Molly Gale Hammell Associate Professor of Genomics, Cold Spring Harbor Labs
Chapter 5
The new perspective: open science
  • Moderator: Dario Taraborelli Program Officer, Open Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Richard Sever and John Inglis Co-founders, bioRxiv and medRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Fernando Pérez Associate Professor in Statistics, University of California, Berkeley
    Co-founder, Jupyter/2i2c
Chapter 6
Changing the culture: patient communities as essential drivers of research
  • Moderator: Tania Simoncelli Vice President, Science in Society, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Rashmi Sinha Co-founder, Systemic JIA Foundation
  • Medha Deoras-Sutliff Executive Director, The EHE Foundation
  • Kimberly Nye Co-founder and President, TESS Research Foundation
Chapter 7
Building a new future of global science
  • Moderator: Patricia Brennan Director of Product Management for Science Technology, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Olivia Holmes Senior Product Manager, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Cristina Tato Director, Rapid Response, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
Looking to the future
  • Hannah Valantine Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University
    Senior Science Advisor, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Cori Bargmann Head of Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative