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Ali joined the Allen Institute in 2010 as a member of the Tissue Sectioning team, working on the human and mouse brain atlases. After the completion of the atlases, Ali transitioned to the Neurosurgery & Behavior team and gained expertise in murine neurosurgeries and operant behavior training. After several years performing surgeries and training mice, Ali became a Manager for the Neurosurgery & Behavior team. In her current role as Manger, Ali is responsible for managing surgical and behavioral resources for several high-throughput pipelines, in addition to a few smaller research science projects.
Prior to joining the Institute, Ali received a B.A. degree in Neurobiology with a minor in Psychology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She worked in Dr. Lin Aanonsen’s lab, focusing on the spinal mechanisms by which chronic pain is transmitted and induced. Ali also has a Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University.