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Stephen Quake

Head of Science
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Stephen Quake is Head of Science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, overseeing CZI’s science grant programs, technology development, and the CZ Biohub Network. His contributions to science are varied and include the invention of the biological equivalent of the integrated circuit, the development of whole organism cell atlases, and the creation of diagnostics that have made medicine safer by replacing invasive biopsies such as amniocentesis with simple blood tests. Steve 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 has published more than 300 papers cumulatively cited more than 100,000 times. Steve also holds a faculty position at Stanford University, where he is the Lee Otterson Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics. Previously he was the founding co-president of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (2016-2022), investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2006-2016), and professor at the California Institute of Technology (1996-2005).