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Iryna Yavorska, Ph.D.

Scientist I


Iryna joined the Allen Institute in 2020 as a scientist in the Mindscope program. Her work is focused on understanding changes in neural activity during visually guided behavior in mice. She received her B.A. in Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where, inspired by the theories of Gestalt Psychology, she studied adaptation of depth perception in humans using psychophysics (advised by Raymond Pavloski). Her interest in neural computations and emergent properties of such computations led her join an auditory electrophysiology lab at the University of Oregon, where she received her Ph.D in Psychology studying the functional roles of inhibitory interneurons in encoding of sound in mice (advised by Mike Wehr).

Research Focus:

Iryna is interested in studying how neurons encode and process sensory information, with a focus on understanding how diverse neuronal populations create local circuits and how those circuits interact with global neural systems.


  • Sensory neuroscience

  • Cognitive neuroscience

  • Neuropsychology


Research Programs

  • Mindscope

Science Programs at Allen Institute