Education Outreach

Behind the Scenes of Science

Virtual classroom visits for students

Enjoy videos from this webinar series for educators and students, geared towards students at the high school and early college/community college level. You'll go behind the scenes of science to meet the professionals who make our research possible, and get a glimpse of the many different careers in science.

We also offer webinars for educators showcasing lesson plans that use our open data resources. For more information, please see The Virtual Science Lab: Open lessons for biology educators.

Please contact communications@alleninstitute.org with any questions.

Helen Anderson

Helen Anderson is a Research Associate in the Allen Institute for Cell Science. She helps produce and care for fluorescently tagged cell lines. Helen has been at the Allen Institute since 2019 and is from Mukilteo, WA.

Jacqueline Bendrick, Research Associate

Jacqueline Bendrick is a Research Associate I in the Allen Institute for Brain Science. She has been at the Allen Institute since 2019 and is from Seattle.

Cameron Bielstein, Software Engineer

Cameron Bielstein is a Software Engineer III in the Allen Institute for Brain Science. He has been at the Allen Institute since 2019 and is from Texas.

Mackenzie Coston

Mackenzie Coston is a Research Associate in the Allen Institute for Cell Science. She helps run the automated cell culture platform, running a robot that takes care of cells. She also works in microscopy, taking high-magnification fluorescent images of our gene-edited cells, which help visualize the structures within these cells. Mackenzie has been at the Allen Institute since 2019 and is from Bellingham, WA.

Melissa Hendershott, PhD

Melissa Hendershott is a Scientist in the Allen Institute for Cell Science. Her work contributes to the Institute's goal of developing a comprehensive understanding of the human cell. She studies how human cells behave by taking pictures of them as they undergo various processes, like growing, moving around or becoming a different type of cell, such as these heart cells. Melissa has been at the Allen Institute since 2016 and is from Colorado.

Jocelin Malone

Jocelin Malone is a Research Associate in the Allen Institute for Brain Science. She works in the histology lab, where her work supports many research projects and pipelines. She has been at the Allen Institute since 2020 and is from Alaska.

Delissa McMillen, MS, MBA

Delissa McMillen is a Research Associate in the Allen Institute for Brain Science. She works in the molecular biology lab and uses single cell RNA sequencing to determine cell types on a molecular level. Her work contributes to the "parts list" of the brain being developed as part of the publicly available Allen Cell Types Database. She has been at the Allen Institute since 2017 and is from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Queens, NY, and introduces herself further in this video.

Amanda Mitchell, PhD

Amanda Mitchell is a Scientist II in the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Amanda works on research related to the the Allen Cell Types Database, with the goal of identifying and characterizing cell types in the brain based on their properties. She is particularly interested in the application of cell types research to therapeutics for the brain. Her past experience also includes early discovery research in the pharmaceutical industry. She has been at the Allen Institute since 2020 and is from Nashville, TN. This video features in-depth scientific information is recommended for college students or high school students who are highly interested in neuroscience.

Jeremy Miller, PhD

Jeremy Miller is a Senior Scientist in the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Jeremy works on several projects related to the publicly available Allen Cell Types Database, with the goal of identifying and characterizing cell types in the brain based on their properties, such as this rare type of neuron he helped characterize. With other scientists, he is working on 1, naming these cell types, 2, understanding how different properties of cells relate to one another, and 3, learning how features of these cell types change with disease. Jeremy has been at the Allen Institute since 2011 and is from Maryland.

Jamie Sherman, PhD

Jamie Sherman is an Engineer for Modeling and Theory in the Allen Institute for Cell Science. He creates open source software related to accessing and analyzing images of human cells like those in the 3D Cell Viewer. He also contributes to mathematical data analysis and research on phase transitions in the nucleolus. Jamie has been at the Allen Institute since 2018 and is from Connecticut.

Greg Szeto, PhD

Greg Szeto is an Assistant Investigator for Experimental Immunology in the Allen Institute for Immunology. He leads projects that investigate how the human immune system works in health and disease. He develops hypotheses, runs experiments, and analyzes data to take experiments from start to finish. Greg has been at the Allen Institute since early 2020 and is from Maryland.

Anna Marie Yanny

Anna Marie Yanny is a Research Associate in the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Her work contributes to the "parts list" of the human brain being developed as part of the publicly available Allen Cell Types Database. She concentrates on sorting human brain cells based on which genes are active, such as those described in this article she wrote. Anna Marie has been at the Allen Institute since 2018 and is from Seattle.