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Jennifer Ahern, Ziad Obermeyer named Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators

86 awardees will receive a total of $86 million over five years

Artwork courtesy of CZ Biohub.

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health is pleased to announce that Jennifer Ahern, PhD, MPH, professor of Epidemiology, and Ziad Obermeyer, MD, professor of Health Policy, and Management, both at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, have been named Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators.

Ahern, Obermeyer, and 84 other winning scientists will each receive $1 million in unrestricted gift funds over a nonrenewable five-year term, starting Mar. 1, 2022.

In a statement, Ahern said she was “honored and excited to be included in this cross-disciplinary community of Bay Area scholars.”

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Program is open to faculty from Stanford, UC San Francisco, and UC Berkeley. The program funds innovative, visionary research with the goal of building and sustaining an engaged, interactive, and collaborative community of researchers that spans across disciplines and across the three campuses to help solve critical challenges in biomedicine.

This most recent group is the second cohort of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators. The first competition was held in 2016, for awards beginning in 2017. A competition for team-based awards was held in 2018.

The 86 awardees were chosen from nearly 700 applications through external reviewers and an advisory committee. They come from a range of disciplines, including biological sciences, clinical biomedical sciences, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer and data sciences, statistics, and public health.

“These new Investigators will pursue the ideas that excite them most and address scientific questions they consider fundamental,” said Joe DeRisi, Ph.D., president of CZ Biohub.

To see the full list of UC Berkeley scholars who are Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators, visit the Berkeley News website.