Joe Derisi, PhD to Co-Direct Chan Zuckerberg Medical Science Biohub

UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University announced last week that our three institutions will be working together along with the Chan Zuckreberg Intiative to establish the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub with the goal to advance discoveries in the health sciences. The Biohub will be based near the UCSF Mission Bay campus, and Joe DeRisi, PhD, Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF, will be co-directing along with Stanford's Steve Quake, DPhil, Professor of Bioengineering and of Applied Physics. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has committed $600 million to establish the Biohub.

In a letter to the UCSF community, Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS said, "Biohub is the first philanthropic science investment made by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and is an extraordinary opportunity to capitalize on our region’s unparalleled strength in technological and biomedical innovation in the service of improving health locally and worldwide."

From UCSF News:

In addition to the Biohub, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative also announced plans for a broader focus on science, its second major initiative, alongside work to improve education for all students. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s goal is to cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century by accelerating basic science research. The Initiative seeks to support new ways of enabling scientists and engineers to work together to build new tools that will empower the whole scientific community and advance progress. 

Read more about this ground breaking announcment at UCSF News