The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has selected Northwestern University to co-lead its new biomedical research hub in Chicago, which will develop new technologies for studying human tissues with unprecedented resolution. The hub’s ultimate goal is to unite the region’s best researchers to improve understanding of inflammation, potentially leading to new treatments for the inflammatory conditions that underlie disease.
Northwestern will co-lead the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Chicago (CZ Biohub Chicago) with the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Shana O. Kelley, the Neena Schwartz Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern, will serve as the hub’s president.
CZ Biohub Chicago will focus on engineering technologies to make precise, molecular-level measurements of biological processes within human tissues, with an ultimate goal of understanding and treating the inflammatory states that underlie many diseases. The Biohub will use this new measurement platform to learn how immune cells can malfunction and cause disease.