In 2016, the Chan Zuckerberg initiative was launched with a bold vision: to cure, prevent or manage disease in our children’s lifetime.

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub was created to support that vision — by understanding the fundamental mechanisms underlying disease and developing new technologies to lead to actionable diagnostics and effective therapies.


We are a regional research endeavor with international reach — where the Bay Area’s leading institutions (Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCSF) join forces with the Biohub’s innovative internal team to catalyze impact, benefiting people and partnerships around the world.


At CZ Biohub, we bring together brilliant scientists and engineers who see opportunities in every challenge. These individuals are united by a common passion – solving previously impossible problems.

Joe DeRisi

University of California, San Francisco

Stephen Quake

Stanford University


Biohub is the next step forward in medical research. Our projects combine the best scientists and engineers with the most advanced technology to solve the world’s biggest health problems.

These problems demand a new course of action, new energy and new voices. They demand a space where nothing is impossible and collaboration is the only way to get things done.  We organize around four key principles.

Cell Atlas Initiative

Because we know much of the world's disease is caused by disorders of the cell, we believe we need to better understand the cell. That's why we delve into unanswered questions and support fundamental science focused on cell biology, showing how cells work in healthy people and, more importantly, what takes place when disease strikes.

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Infectious Disease Initiative

Because both existing and emerging pathogens continue to threaten human health worldwide, we pursue diagnostic and therapeutic development, in addition to supporting and deploying systems to detect infectious disease globally.

Curing, preventing or managing all disease in our children’s lifetime might seem impossible – until you consider the achievements of the last century. We’re following in the footsteps of giants, and we’re ready for the challenge.

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Technology Initiative

Because we know access to data and tools expedites solutions, we believe we need to create technology that catalyzes innovation. That's why we invent tools to open and enable avenues for research that weren't possible before.

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Investigator Program

Because we know support for basic science is critical to drive discovery beyond the Biohub’s main scope, we believe in the power of funding investigators – great scientists working on their riskiest and most exciting ideas – especially those that are too early to receive traditional funding support.

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