Biology faculty named Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators
The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has announced 19 Stanford faculty among its first cohort of 47 investigators from Bay Area university collaborators. The CZ Biohub Investigator Program funds world-renowned scientists, engineers and technologists from Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCSF. The investigators each receive five-year appointments worth up to $1.5 million to carry out non-conventional scientific exploration and to invent new tools to accelerate the pace of discovery.
Among those Stanford faculty named as CZ Biohub Investigators are three Biology faculty members:
- Professor Judith Frydman: Frydman uses multidisciplinary approaches to gain a comprehensive understanding of the complex networks mediating protein homeostasis, the maintenance of protein quality. She plans to map the proteostasis network involving more than a thousand proteins and use this information to develop a new class of therapeutic agents for dengue, Zika and other viral diseases.
- Professor Alice Ting: Ting develops, scales up and broadly disseminates molecular technologies for mapping cells and functional circuits, as illustrated by her biotin-based method for protein mapping in living cells. She is devising methods for identifying the ensemble of neurons that encode or control a specific memory, behavior or emotional state by using a light- and calcium-gated transcription factor.
- Professor, By Courtesy, Carlos Bustamante: Bustamante is making the transition from population genetics to a new area, the integration and analysis of massive data coming from consumer, health care and financial sources. He is especially interested in bringing together direct-to-consumer genetics and phenotype data in a secure space that can be explored by academic, industry and citizen scientists.