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Characterizing and mapping brain cell types with unprecedented precision and scale.
Goals and Approach
How many brain cell types are there? What is their form, function, and how do they connect? Teams at the Allen Institute for Brain Science are working to answer these foundational neuroscience questions. By cataloguing and genetically profiling cell types of the brain with incredible precision and detail, we are working to improve our fundamental understanding of brain development, evolution, and disease.
Using a team science approach, we are exploring the mammalian brain at a molecular level and sharing our insights with the world. We do this through advanced single-cell molecular analysis techniques, such as single-cell RNA sequencing and electrophysiology, combined with cutting-edge imaging technologies that provide a comprehensive view of how our brains are organized; what their cellular makeup is; how those cells connect, develop, and function; and the complex relationship between these factors.
Meet our teams
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Brain Science Data Tools & Research Highlights
We’re defining and analyzing the different cells that make up the mammalian brain to better understand how our brains work, how they develop, and what goes wrong in disease. Using a big, team, and open science approach, we share our discoveries, data, and resources with the broader scientific community to catalyze breakthroughs.
Hongkui Zeng, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Director of the Allen Institute for Brain Science
Facilitating the integration of best practices in scientific research and development with innovative business approaches to further accelerate operational efficiency
Driving breakthroughs in neuroscience through advanced computation, data management technologies and collaborative open data sharing
Meet the team
Establishing connections between morphoelectric characteristics and transcriptomic-defined cell types
Characterizing cellular diversity in the nervous system of humans and other mammals to study disease, evolution and brain function.
Exploring the diversity of cell types in the brain using a variety of microscopy and image processing techniques.
Leading an effort toward comprehensive molecular analysis of cell type identity in the mouse brain and building state-of-the-art transgenic and viral tools to experimentally access those cell types.
Investigating the cellular and circuit mechanisms underlying changes in cortical physiology with behavior.
Investigating the neuroanatomical architecture of the brain at the population and single cell level.
MEET THE TEAM
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Oct 13, 2023
Thomas Chartrand, Rachel Dalley, Jennie Close, Natalia A. Goriounova, Brian R. Lee, Rusty Mann, Jeremy A. Miller, Gabor Molnar, Alice Mukora, Lauren Alfiler, Katherine Baker, Trygve E. Bakken, Jim Berg, Darren Bertagnolli, Thomas Braun, Krissy Brouner, Tamara Casper, Eva Adrienn Csajbok, Nick Dee, Tom Egdorf, Rachel Enstrom, Anna A. Galakhova, Amanda Gary, Emily Gelfand, Jeff Goldy, Kristen Hadley, Tim S. Heistek, DiJon Hill, Nik Jorstad, Lisa Kim, Agnes Katalin Kocsis, Lauren Kruse, Michael Kunst, Gabriela Leon, Brian Long, Matthew Mallory, Medea McGraw, Delissa McMillen, Erica J. Melief, Norbert Mihut, Lindsay Ng, Julie Nyhus, Gáspár Oláh, Attila Ozsvár, Victoria Omstead, Zoltan Peterfi, Alice Pom, Lydia Potekhina, Ramkumar Rajanbabu, Marton Rozsa, Augustin Ruiz, Joanna Sandle, Susan M. Sunkin, Ildiko Szots, Michael Tieu, Martin Toth, Jessica Trinh, Sara Vargas, David Vumbaco, Grace Williams, Julia Wilson, Zizhen Yao, Pal Barzo, Charles Cobbs, Richard G. Ellenbogen, Luke Esposito, Manuel Ferreira, Nathan W. Gouwens, Benjamin Grannan, Ryder P. Gwinn, Jason S. Hauptman, Tim Jarsky, C. Dirk Keene, Andrew L. Ko, Christof Koch, Jeffrey G. Ojemann, Anoop Patel, Jacob Ruzevick, Daniel L. Silbergeld, Kimberly Smith, Staci A. Sorensen, Bosiljka Tasic, Jonathan T. Ting, Jack Waters, Christiaan P. J. de Kock, Huib D. Mansvelder, Gabor Tamas, Hongkui Zeng, Brian Kalmbach, Ed S. Lein
Brian R. Lee, Rachel Dalley, Jeremy A. Miller, Thomas Chartrand, Jennie Close, Rusty Mann, Alice Mukora, Lindsay Ng, Lauren Alfiler, Katherine Baker, Darren Bertagnolli, Krissy Brouner, Tamara Casper, Eva Csajbok, Nicholas Donadio, Stan L. W. Driessens, Tom Egdorf, Rachel Enstrom, Anna A. Galakhova, Amanda Gary, Emily Gelfand, Jeff Goldy, Kristen Hadley, Tim S. Heistek, Dijon Hill, Wen-Hsien Hou, Nelson Johansen, Nik Jorstad, Lisa Kim, Agnes Katalin Kocsis, Lauren Kruse, Michael Kunst, Gabriela León, Brian Long, Matthew Mallory, Michelle Maxwell, Medea McGraw, Delissa McMillen, Erica J. Melief, Gabor Molnar, Marty T. Mortrud, Dakota Newman, Julie Nyhus, Ximena Opitz-Araya, Attila Ozsvár, Trangthanh Pham, Alice Pom, Lydia Potekhina, Ram Rajanbabu, Augustin Ruiz, Susan M. Sunkin, Ildikó Szöts, Naz Taskin, Bargavi Thyagarajan, Michael Tieu, Jessica Trinh, Sara Vargas, David Vumbaco, Femke Waleboer, Sarah Walling-Bell, Natalie Weed, Grace Williams, Julia Wilson, Shenqin Yao, Thomas Zhou, Pál Barzó, Trygve Bakken, Charles Cobbs, Nick Dee, Richard G. Ellenbogen, Luke Esposito, Manuel Ferreira, Nathan W. Gouwens, Benjamin Grannan, Ryder P. Gwinn, Jason S. Hauptman, Rebecca Hodge, Tim Jarsky, C. Dirk Keene, Andrew L. Ko, Anders Rosendal Korshoej, Boaz P. Levi, Kaare Meier, Jeffrey G. Ojemann, Anoop Patel, Jacob Ruzevick, Daniel L. Silbergeld, Kimberly Smith, Jens Christian Sørensen, Jack Waters, Hongkui Zeng, Jim Berg, Marco Capogna, Natalia A. Goriounova, Brian Kalmbach, Christiaan P. J. de Kock, Huib D. Mansvelder, Staci A. Sorensen, Gabor Tamas, Ed S. Lein, Jonathan T. Ting
Nikolas L. Jorstad, Jennie Close, Nelson Johansen, Anna Marie Yanny, Eliza R. Barkan, Kyle J. Travaglini, Darren Bertagnolli, Jazmin Campos, Tamara Casper, Kirsten Crichton, Nick Dee, Song-Lin Ding, Emily Gelfand, Jeff Goldy, Daniel Hirschstein, Katelyn Kiick, Matthew Kroll, Michael Kunst, Kanan Lathia, Brian Long, Naomi Martin, Delissa McMillen, Trangthanh Pham, Christine Rimorin, Augustin Ruiz, Nadiya Shapovalova, Soraya Shehata, Kimberly Siletti, Saroja Somasundaram, Josef Sulc, Michael Tieu, Amy Torkelson, Herman Tung, Edward M. Callaway, Patrick R. Hof, C. Dirk Keene, Boaz P. Levi, Sten Linnarsson, Partha P. Mitra, Kimberly Smith, Rebecca D. Hodge, Trygve E. Bakken, Ed S. Lein
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