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Bosiljka Tasic, Ph.D.

Director, Molecular Genetics

Bio:

Bosiljka Tasic joined the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle in late 2011, where she is currently the Director of Molecular Genetics. There, she leads an effort toward comprehensive molecular analysis of cellular identity in the mouse brain. She has a long-standing interest in the development of novel genetic tools to enable access to specific cell populations for their functional characterization. Before joining the Allen Institute, Bosiljka completed her postdoctoral training with Liqun Luo at Stanford University, obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry with Tom Maniatis at Harvard University, and received a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Belgrade, Serbia.

Research Focus:

I am interested in cellular identity in the mouse brain and how cells of different flavors work together to produce functions of the mammalian brain. We measure various molecular properties in individual cells and discover patterns in these highly multidimensional data to define cell types as basic building blocks of mammalian brain circuits. We also use this information to discover marker genes and genetic elements and employ them to build tools for further cell type interrogation. We share all our datasets and tools with the scientific community to enable researchers across the world to study cell types and brain functions of their interest.