Science Programs

We select science programs by engaging deeply with scientific and medical communities to identify unmet needs and barriers to success. We then identify if and where we can have a differentiated impact in addressing those challenges by supporting technology development, interdisciplinary research collaborations, and partnerships. 


We want to enable researchers everywhere to visualize, measure, and analyze the biological processes underlying health and disease using advanced imaging technologies. We’re increasing collaboration and training between biologists and technology experts, improving imaging hardware and software tools, and supporting the development of new imaging technologies. 

Neurodegeneration Challenge Network

The CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network brings together experimental scientists, physicians, and computational biologists from diverse research fields to understand the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative disorders. They collaborate and develop new strategies to treat and prevent neurodegenerative diseases.

Open Science

Our goal is universal and immediate open sharing of all scientific knowledge and outputs. With our Open Science program, we empower more people to engage in research practices that accelerate the pace, robustness, and reproducibility of science through partnerships, policies, and grants.

Science in Society

How can we leverage science to address society’s great challenges? We work with patient communities, scientists, policymakers, advocates, and philanthropic partners to catalyze widespread public engagement with science, enable more responsive and inclusive practices, and bring biomedical research closer to the communities it aims to serve.

Single-Cell Biology

Single-cell biology is the application of technologies that enable multi-omics investigation at the level of the building block of life — a single cell. By accelerating the development and application of single-cell tools and technologies, we can better understand how disease manifests in the body’s cells and tissues.

Priscilla Chan stands with a group of students from UC San Diego.
April 2019 | CZI co-founder and co-CEO Dr. Priscilla Chan with students from UC San Diego. Photo by CZI.
April 2019 | CZI co-founder and co-CEO Dr. Priscilla Chan with students from UC San Diego. Photo by CZI.

Increasing Underrepresented STEM Students on College Campuses

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program is a nationally recognized program for helping inspire, recruit, and retain students of color pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering fields. With CZI support, UC San Diego and UC Berkeley are implementing aspects of this program to help increase the number of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous STEM students on college campuses.

Diversity in STEM

Read about CZI’s approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

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Supporting Diversity in Science Journalism

More inclusive science journalism is better science journalism. UC Santa Cruz aims to establish a model for expanding representation of Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian, and other underrepresented groups in science journalism. CZI supports UC Santa Cruz to increase diversity, inclusion, and representation in its science journalism program, which trains researchers to write about science in local communities around the country and could be replicated at other training programs worldwide. 

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