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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.

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SciShots: Mini-brains

January 14, 2022

Lab-grown mini-organs are helping scientists understand how our own brains evolved


New technique sorts out what different kinds of neurons do in the brain

January 7, 2022

Study pinpoints a mouse neuron’s role in sensing touch


Naked mole rats don’t show signs of old age, but their DNA says otherwise

December 23, 2021

‘Queens’ of the rodent colonies age even more slowly than the extremely long-lived naked mole rat  


Hundreds of small molecules known as neuromodulators might influence how we learn

December 17, 2021

New models that capture how the brain retains information could also improve machine learning


News from the Allen Institute for Cell Science: December 2021

December 16, 2021

Highlights include: a new editorial that argues more diverse models are needed for basic and disease human research, a new article on gene expression in cardiomyocytes, new cell lines, upcoming events, and more.


News from the Allen Institute: December 2021

December 15, 2021

Highlights include: A new institute launched, an ultra-detailed map of the motor cortex, new funding for Allen Discovery Centers, a new cohort of Next Generation Leaders, and more. 


$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

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