Accelerating discoveries and pushing the frontiers of bioscience

The Allen Institute is fiercely committed to solving some of the biggest mysteries of bioscience, researching the unknown of human biology, in the brain, the human cell and the immune system. At the same time, we are pushing the frontiers of bioscience to continue to explore the edges of scientific discovery. 

Our scientists within each division collaborate in a team science approach, tackling big science projects. And everything learned within our walls is shared publicly across the world in what we call open science

All this work is done to fulfill our founder Paul G. Allen’s vision for accelerating global progress towards improving health and lengthening life.

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15 Years of Impact at the Allen Institute

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Q&A with the Allen Institute for Immunology’s first employee

September 11, 2019

Director of Operations and Administration Ernie Coffey on why he made the leap from a career in biotech to help launch a new endeavor in immunology research

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Highest-Resolution Human Brain 'Parts List' To Date Lays Road Map to Better Treatments for Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

August 21, 2019

Crucial differences discovered in human and mice brain cells could explain why many drugs that work in the lab don’t work in us


This is what it’s like to donate your brain to science

August 6, 2019

Casey Schorr underwent invasive surgery to quell the epileptic seizures that were taking over his life. Now, a small piece of his brain tissue is helping scientists better understand the human brain.


Virtual reality is helping neuroscientists better understand the brain

August 2, 2019

TeraVR lets researchers capture neurons’ 3D shapes in exquisite detail by immersing users into a virtual mouse brain


Simulations of life — in health and disease

August 1, 2019

Computational models that shed light on how we age, how cancer drugs work (or don’t work), how bacteria evade antibiotics and more highlighted in Exploring Frontiers symposium


Machine learning toolkit lets biologists navigate their way through a 3D cell

July 23, 2019

Allen Cell Structure Segmenter combines classical methods with artificial intelligence to automatically find the edges of cellular structures

Our Impact on Science, and our World

Our knowledge, data and tools have been a catalyst across the world, allowing other scientists to accelerate their research and advance our understanding of human health and disease.

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See how researcher Randy Ellis uses the Allen Brain Observatory dataset as he works to find new ways to treat drug addiction.
See how Christopher Chen from Boston University's Tissue Microfabrication Laboratory used the Allen Institute's publicly available human cell lines to study the structure that gives our heart muscle the ability to contract and pump blood.

Our Revolutionary Scientific Resources

Atlases that map the brain, a “periodic table” of cell types in the brain, and an observatory allowing for a large-scale approach to understanding the brain and watching neurons fire in real time, are all available on Allen Brain Map.
We created the first predictive and integrated 3D cell explorer and a collection of human stem cells to help improve the collective understanding of human cells in health—and ultimately disease, all available on the Allen Cell Explorer.

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