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Brains, Cells, & Immune Systems: 20 Years of Impact at the Allen Institute


Join us for a look back at the Allen Institute’s contributions to Open Science over the past 20 years and learn how our scientific research is making an impact today and into the future.

At this free public event, our panel of researchers will showcase discoveries and tools that expand our foundational knowledge of the brain, the cell, and the immune system—and explore what this work means for understanding life and advancing health.

Sep 28, 2023

Allen Institute


5:00PM-7:00PM PT


General public

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About This Event

Celebrate the Allen Institute’s 20th anniversary with an evening of science! After a series of engaging short talks, enjoy appetizers and beverages while meeting the scientists and getting an up-close, hands-on look at some of our scientific tools and data. This free public event is recommended for high school to adult audiences. Virtual participation is available via Zoom or YouTube for the seminar portion of the evening.

**Please note that in-person registration is now completely full, so we are only accepting virtual registrations at this time.**


  • 4:30pm – Doors Open 
  • 5:00-6:00pm – Short Talks
  • 6:00-7:00pm – Reception with Activities 

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Meagan Quinlan, Ph.D.

Meagan is a Scientist II on the Gene Therapy Team at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. As part of the gene therapy program, Meagan designs and tests new therapeutic approaches to treat brain diseases such as epilepsy. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, Meagan researched the impact of disease-associated gene variants at the molecular, neural circuit, and behavioral levels. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, she studied potassium channel variants identified in neurodevelopmental disorders and worked on developing a novel cell-type specific CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University studying the structural and functional dynamics of serotonin transporter gene variants identified in autism spectrum disorder.
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Gokhan Dalgin, Ph.D.

Gokhan is a Senior Scientist at the Allen Institute for Cell Science. As part of the experimental cell group, he oversees direct differentiation efforts of induced pluripotent stem cells. Prior to joining the Allen institute, he received his PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from Oregon Health and Science University and did postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago. Gokhan has extensive experience in human disease modeling using vertebrate embryos and human induced pluripotent stem cells to understand blood disorders, obesity and diabetes, and neurological diseases.
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Troy Torgerson, M.D., Ph.D.

Troy is the Director of Experimental Immunology at the Allen Institute for Immunology. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, he was on the faculty at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Troy's research has focused on characterizing genetic mutations that cause the immune system to become dysregulated, leading to autoimmunity and susceptibility to infections. He obtained his MD and a PhD in Immunology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed a Pediatrics residency and fellowship training in Pediatric Rheumatology and Immunology at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
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Cindy Poo, Ph.D.

Cindy is a Senior Scientist at the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington. Her work uses ethologically grounded behaviors to understand population dynamics and cell-type specific mechanisms for perception, cognition, and flexible behavior in distributed circuits across the brain. Cindy received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego, where she focused on understanding synapses and circuits for olfaction. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Champalimaud Research in Lisbon, Portugal, where she studied the role of the olfactory system in the context of spatial cognition.

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