Nevan Krogan uses large-scale genetics and biochemistry to define the interactions among genes and proteins that govern cell functions in health and disease. Combining bench work with computer science, his lab identifies molecular networks acting inside cells and shows how these networks respond to disease-causing mutations or infection by pathogens. Thanks to their ability to survey a cell’s complete set of genes and proteins, Krogan and his team generate novel mechanistic insights into cell biology, as well as potential targets for novel therapies. Krogan’s lab is applying this unbiased approach to a number of conditions, including infectious diseases, cancer, and heart disease.

Disease Areas

Heart Disease
Infectious Diseases
Psychiatric Disorders

Areas of Expertise

Computational Analysis
Functional Genomics
Working in the Krogan lab

Lab Focus

Understanding how biological networks change in response to a variety of conditions, including stress, genetic mutations, drug treatment, or infection by pathogens.
Developing new technologies and computational methods that serve our wide research interests, which range from genomic sequence, to biological mechanisms, to molecular structure, and, eventually to clinical translation.
Thinking outside the box, keeping our minds open to new approaches and solutions, embracing diversity, and collaborating with scientists across a wide spectrum of expertise, countries, and academic or industry affiliations.

Research Impact

The Krogan lab’s quantitative and unbiased approaches to molecular interaction mapping are disease-agnostic, and hold great promise for the discovery of new therapeutic targets through the identification of biological processes and mechanisms underlying disease. For instance, creating a large-scale protein-interaction map of Ebola virus with human cells led to the discovery of a small molecule that severely decreases virus replication in lab settings, and identified almost 200 additional potential host-directed drug targets. In collaboration with other Gladstone labs, Krogan and his team are currently also tackling cardiac diseases, tauopathies, and psychiatric diseases, and are developing new proteomics and functional genomics technologies.


Professional Titles

Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institutes

Professor, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research, UC San Francisco

Director, Quantitative Bioscience Institute (QBI)

Faculty, Cancer Genetics, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Adjunct Faculty, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Joint Faculty, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Director, QB3@UCSF, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Director, Thermo Fisher Scientific Proteomics Facility for Disease Target Discovery


Nevan Krogan is an expert in the field of systems biology and is known for extracting biological mechanism and insight from large-scale biological datasets. He has received numerous awards including being named a Searle Scholar and a Keck Distinguished Young Scholar, as well as being awarded the Roddenberry Prize in 2017. Krogan was also recently named one of the top 40 under 40 by the journal Cell. He is routinely an organizer of international conferences including meetings in Europe, Asia, and the USA. Krogan is also the director and co-director of several NIH-funded Center Grants, including the HARC Center (HIV Accessory and Regulatory Complexes), the Cancer Cell Map Initiative, the Host Pathogen Map Initiative, and the Psychiatric Cell Map Initiative.

Originally from Canada, Krogan earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Regina, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. He earned a PhD in medical genetics from the University of Toronto and was an independent Sandler Fellow at UC San Francisco (UCSF) before being appointed UCSF faculty in 2007.

Why Are You Dedicated to Discovery

“Throughout my career, I have built tools to catalog the cross talk between proteins and genes in all types of cells; I am driven by desire to share this technology with others and apply it to a broad range of diseases.”

Nevan Krogan, PhD

Honors and Awards

2017 The Roddenberry Innovation Award, Roddenberry Foundation

2015-2016 Blavatnik National Award Finalist, Blavatnik Foundation

2014 Top 40 Under 40, Cell

2012 Alumni Crowning Achievement Award, University of Regina

2009 Searle Scholar, Searle Foundation

2009-2014 Keck Distinguished Young Scholar, W.M. Keck Foundation

2005 L.W. Macpherson Microbiology Award

2004 Hannah Farkas-Himsley and Alexander Memorial Award

2001 Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Fellowship

1999 PGS-B Award, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

1997 Society of Chemical Industry Merit Award

1995 Canadian Cancer Society Studentship


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Lab Members

Peggy Ackerberg, MA
Ronald Babu, PhD
Jyoti Batra, PhD
Staff Research Scientist I
Jeffrey Beck, MBA
Mehdi Bouhaddou, PhD
Visiting Postdoc
Merve Cakir, PhD
Visiting Postdoc
Zeynep Cakir Wheeler, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
Manon Eckhardt, PhD
Staff Research Scientist II
Jacqueline Fabius
Antoine Forget, PhD
Visiting Scientist
Andrea Fossati, PhD
Visiting Postdoc
Helene Foussard, PhD
Visiting Scientist
Kelsey Haas
Visiting Postdoc
Paige Haas
Graduate Student
Reuben Hogan
Graduate Student
Ruth Huettenhain, PhD
Visiting Scientist
Gwendolyn Jang, PhD
Lian Jeong Engle
Student Intern
Robyn Kaake, PhD
Visiting Scientist
Minkyu Kim, PhD
Visiting Scientist
Einar Krogsaeter, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
Reanna Lao
Rotation Student
Qiongyu Li, PhD
Visiting Postdoc
Michael McGregor, MS
Research Scientist
Justin McKetney
Hevatib Mehmood
Maya Modak
Visiting Researcher
Jack Moen
Visiting Postdoc
Monita Muralidharan, PhD
Visiting Scientist
Snow Naing
Graduate Student
Virginia Nguyen
Kirsten Obernier, PhD
Visiting Scientist
Adrian Pelin
Visiting Scientist
Vincenzo Pierotti
Benjamin Polacco, PhD
Ernst Pulido
Research Associate II
Alicia Richards, PhD
Visiting Scientist
Ajda Rojc
Research Associate III
Margaret Soucheray
Visiting Researcher
Erica Stevenson, MS
Research Technologist III
Danielle Swaney, PhD
Visiting Scientist
Alice Taubes
Visiting Scientist
Manisha Ummadi
Visiting Researcher
Rasika Vartak
Matt Ward
Rotation Student
Jiewei Xu
Xiaofang Zhong, PhD
Visiting Postdoc
Yuan Zhou, MS
Bioinformatician I
Lorena Zuliani Alvarez, PhD