Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced that Stanford University scientist Stephen Quake will be CZI’s new head of science. This news follows Cori Bargmann’s decision to step down from her role as head of science to return to her lab at The Rockefeller University. CZI was founded in 2015 to “help solve some of society’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease and improving education, to addressing the needs of our local communities. Our mission is to build a more inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone,” according to their website.
“I’m thrilled to step into this new role,” said Quake. “The team at CZI has built a strong foundation of science programs with a rich track record of funding great science, doing research that can’t be done in conventional environments, and building hardware and software tools that are accelerating the pace of science. I look forward to working with the team in this next phase of our work and I’m grateful to Cori for her incredible leadership over these past six years.”
Quake, who transitions into his new role on July 18, is the Lee Otterson Professor of Bioengineering and professor of applied physics. He has received numerous awards for his discoveries and has been elected to several scientific honorary societies, including the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Inventors. He was co-president of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub since its inception in 2016 and was most recently president of the CZ Biohub Network.
As part of this transition, Quake will take on an expanded role, overseeing a shared, comprehensive strategy across CZI’s science program and technology teams, the CZ Biohub and CZ Biohub Network, and the newly-announced Chan Zuckerberg Institute for Advanced Biological Imaging.