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Chelsea M. Pagan, Ph.D.

Senior Scientific Project and Alliance Manager


Chelsea joined the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2021 as Scientific Project and Alliance Manager for the Cell Types program. She manages a portfolio of genomics-based projects including single cell and spatial transcriptomics of human and mouse tissues. She serves as a liaison between scientific project leads and internal departmental stakeholders, such as legal, compliance, finance, etc., as well as between the Institute and external collaborative research partners. Chelsea holds a Ph.D. in Pathology/Molecular Basis of Disease from University of Washington, a B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of California – Irvine, a certificate in Molecular Medicine from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from Project Management Institute. Prior to accepting her current role, Chelsea led the development of a genomic database to study sudden infant death (SIDS) at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, a collaborative effort between the institute, a large private technology company, and several non-profit organizations. She has also managed laboratory operations at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Spinal Cord Injury Core, coordinating the design and execution of experiments in a variety of animal models of neurological trauma. Her dissertation work interrogated the effects of chronic intermittent hypoxia, a model of sleep apnea, on hippocampal adult neurogenesis in the laboratory of Jan-Marino “Nino” Ramirez.

Research Focus:

I’m interested in the development and management of programs that increase knowledge, improve health, and reduce disease. At the Allen Institute for Brain Science, I seek to understand the myriad cells that make up human and mouse brains through their gene expression, and how that expression may change over time in both physiological and pathological conditions. I am passionate about increasing the speed of scientific advancement through consensus development, open sharing of expertise, work standardization, and effective communication across all fields and stakeholders.

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