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At the Allen Institute, we’re fulfilling Paul Allen’s enduring quest to push the limits of human exploration by unlocking the knowledge inside each of us. Our scientific divisions work in thoughtfully calibrated teams that continually find new ways past convention, while measuring ourselves against clear goals and metrics.

The Allen Institute is committed to an inclusive culture which encourages, nurtures, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees, collaborators, partners, and communities. We believe that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences and backgrounds.  High-quality science can only be produced when it includes different perspectives.  We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our open positions.

Our teams are curious, innovative, diverse, and passionate about science. Join us to help make a global impact.


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$20M awards fund centers’ studies of human brain evolution, animal development

December 2, 2021

Two Allen Discovery Centers enter their next phase of discovery, poised to address large questions about biology


News from The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group: December 2021

December 2, 2021

Highlights include: $20M in funding to support frontier science, how sped-up evolution may have molded the human brain, upcoming events and more.

In the News

It’s time to incorporate diversity into our basic science and disease models

November 29, 2021

It’s time to incorporate diversity into our basic science and disease models. Leaders in cell biology share their perspectives including our Rick Horwitz, and Ru Gunawardane.

In the News

Allen Institute launches new division to study brain circuits and behavior in mammals

November 4, 2021

Seattle’s Allen Institute has launched a new division called The Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics, which will explore how the brain executes complex actions like decision making, learning and memory.

Staff Profile

Meet Karel Svoboda, Ph.D., Vice President and Executive Director for the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics

November 3, 2021

Karel Svoboda will be the Vice President and Executive Director of the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics starting in early 2022.


Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics Launch

November 1, 2021

Join us for the launch of the newest division of the Allen Institute: the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics on November 4, 2021 at 11am Pacific Time.


Now in stunning, whole-brain resolution: neurons

October 12, 2021

A new study traced the 3D shape of more than 1700 complete mouse neurons across the entire brain 

In the News

New brain maps could help the search for Alzheimer's treatments

October 6, 2021

A massive collaborative effort — our latest work to catalog cell types in the mammalian brain is expected to improve research in brain diseases like Alzheimers and ALS. NPR reports. 


New insights about evolution of human brain region that controls voluntary movement, including rare, large neurons vulnerable in ALS

October 6, 2021

Is our brain like that of a mouse or a monkey? New study aims to find our cellular similarities — and key differences 


Living brain donors are helping us better understand our own neurons — including those potentially linked to Alzheimer’s disease

October 6, 2021

As part of an international effort to map cell types in the brain, scientists identified increased diversity of neurons in regions of the human brain that expanded during our evolution


These rare human neurons generate electrical signals in two different cellular parts

September 16, 2021

With brain tissue samples donated by surgery patients come detailed descriptions of certain rare types of human cells — including new findings about the neurons’ unique electrical properties

In the News

Celebrate Open Science Week with the Allen Institute and available open datasets

September 13, 2021

Read how we are teaming up with Amazon Web Services to share our data with the world.


Sped-up evolution may have molded the human brain by slowing neuron growth

September 9, 2021

Quickly evolving stretches of DNA unique to humans are important for brain development, a new study finds

Education resources

Open educator resources

September 9, 2021

The Allen Institute is known for our commitment to open science – sharing our data and analysis tools freely with the scientific community. Our resources can also help educators provide real-world and cutting-edge science experiences for their students.


Open for (cell) science tutorials

September 8, 2021

Join us for a series of tutorials showcasing open resources from the Allen Cell Explorer.

In the News

Share methods through visual and digital protocols

July 21, 2021

See how our teams — and others — are developing effective protocols to equip researchers with essential skills and ensure that experiments can be replicated.

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