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

Learn more about our approach to collaborative, open science.


Latest News

Read more about the Allen Institute in the news and stories highlighting accomplishments and partnerships. 

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Cell Shorts | Bringing cell science resources to the classroom

July 12, 2019

Biology textbook pictures of cells can be misinterpreted or misleading. These three biology teachers are using real pictures and data of human cells to help their students learn.

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News from the Allen Institute: June 2019

June 27, 2019

Introducing the new Allen Institute Newsletter, a roundup of research news and highlights from across our scientific divisions.

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Cell Shorts | Accelerating degenerative eye disease therapies

June 25, 2019

See how Kapil Bharti from the National Eye Institute is working to find new therapies for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with the help of the Allen Cell Collection.

In the News

Would you donate part of your living brain to science? This man did.

The Seattle Times

June 24, 2019

Epilepsy patient Gary Williams donates part of his brain to science while he -- and his healthy tissue -- is still alive.

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Sorting neurons by their shape and activity to understand the elements making up the brain

June 17, 2019

Large study of mouse neurons’ 3D shape and electrophysiology reveals new rules of brain architecture and neuron diversity

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Hamid Bolouri | Transforming outcomes for patients

June 12, 2019

Hamid Bolouri, Director of Informatics and Computational Biology at the Allen Institute for Immunology, talks about how we're working to transform outcomes for patients.

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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