Allen Institute

Our Impact

Our Impact

Open Science is one of our founding credos: sharing our data, resources, and tools with the world. See how this model has accelerated discovery in the broader scientific community and see how patients with immune-related diseases are inspiring our research in our original series, Cell Shorts, Data Stories, and Out of Balance.

In September of 2020 we launched Open Science Week to celebrate and promote efforts by our team and by the community to openly share scientific data, tools and resources. Learn more.


Check out the short videos and stories below highlighting our impact.

Cell Shorts

See how our predictive models of human cells and stem cell lines are accelerating research in the cell biology and biomedical research community. 


Cell Shorts | Building a better model of blindness and eye disease

March 3, 2021

Researchers at the University of Washington are working on growing human retinal tissue in the lab to better understand macular degeneration, glaucoma and other vision disorders


Cell Shorts | Lab-grown human skin holds promise for skin grafts

June 4, 2020

Researchers have succeeded in growing the most lifelike human skin in the lab to date. Allen Institute for Cell Science cell lines formed the basis for the human skin organoids.


A new discovery about ALS

February 13, 2020

Stem cell researcher Evangelos Kiskinis and his colleagues discovered a strange — literal — wrinkle in neurons from ALS patients. Allen Institute for Cell Science resources are helping them study these features in more detail. 

Data Stories

Learn how the neuroscience community has used our data to gain insight into autism, language disorders, the biology of the visual system and more. 


Data Stories | Understanding STING

April 2, 2020

See how researcher Kathryn McGuckin Wuertz is trying to understand the relationship between infectious diseases and neurological diseases.


Data Stories | What our heartbeats reveal about our brains

March 10, 2020

The human brain pulses every time the heart beats. Scientists have used that tiny jiggle to reveal new insights about our neurons. 


Data Stories | How bird brains help us understand our own

December 2, 2019

Erich Jarvis studies how vocal learning evolves. Allen Institute resources are helping him connect the dots from bird song to human speech. 

Out of Balance

Get a personal look into the lives of people living with immune-related diseases. Their journeys are what inspire researchers at the Allen Institute for Immunology.


Out of Balance | Sarah’s experience with multiple myeloma

June 8, 2022

Sarah Kaufmann-Fink was diagnosed with cancer as a college student. 17 years and one relapse later, she’s pushing for more research.  


Out of Balance | Maria’s journey with melanoma

November 11, 2019

A fortuitous event led to an early diagnosis. Ten years later, her cancer journey is not over.


Out of Balance | Linda's life with RA

May 16, 2019

In our new series Out of Balance, see how rheumatoid arthritis patient Linda Sloate has persevered through countless surgeries and therapies, and what she hopes scientists at the Allen Institute for Immunology can accomplish.