BIDS Affiliates Chasins, Pollard, and Waller receive 2022 Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Awards

January 24, 2022

BIDS Affiliates Sarah E. Chasins, Katherine S. Pollard, and Laura Waller are part of the newest cohort of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators, scientists and faculty from Stanford University, UC San Francisco, and UC Berkeley who are developing cross-disciplinary, early-stage research to help solve urgent challenges in biomedicine. Each will receive $1M over a 5-year term starting March 1, 2022.

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Sarah E. Chasins, an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, leads the PLAIT Lab (Programming Languages for Approachable and Inclusive Tools) at UC Berkeley, which invents usable programming tools to democratize computation, especially to empower social scientists, journalists, and other non-traditional programmers. Her research focuses on programming languages (PL) and program synthesis, with an emphasis on work at the intersection of PL, human-computer interaction, and social good.

BIDS Research Affiliate Katherine S. Pollard is the Director of the Gladstone Institute of Data Science & Biotechnology, and a professor of bioinformatics at UCSF. Her Gladstone/UCSF bioinformatics research lab focuses on using rigorous statistical approaches to develop models and open source software for the analysis of massive genomic datasets, gaining insights into the study genome evolution, organization, and regulation. 

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Laura Waller is an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. She leads Berkeley’s Computational Imaging Lab, which is developing a new generation of cameras that integrate computers as a part of the imaging system. Integrating imaging systems and algorithms jointly in terms of hardware and software enables the optical setup and post‐processing algorithms to be designed simultaneously, and these new (and inexpensive) microscopes are using computation to do things that most microscopes normally can't, such as 3D imaging, gigapixel imaging, and phase imaging. 

The 86 awardees in this year’s cohort, who were chosen from nearly 700 applicants through a competitive process judged by nationally-recognized external reviewers, represent a diverse range of disciplines, including basic biological sciences, clinical biomedical sciences, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer and data sciences, statistics, and public health. 

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Featured Fellows

Sarah E. Chasins

EECS, UC Berkeley
Faculty Affiliate

Katherine S. Pollard

Gladstone Institutes, UCSF, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
Research Affiliate

Laura Waller

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley
BIDS Faculty Council