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Katie Fancher

Research Associate II


Katie currently works as a Research Associate II with the Molecular Genetics team. She is originally from the Seattle area and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She began her career in Virology and Infectious Disease research as an undergraduate intern, working to deep sequence HIV viral variants in high viral load and low viral load macaques. She then transitions to a project studying the connection between HIV infection and Liver Disease with a specific focus on special biology, microbiome transcriptomics, and immunogenetics.

Research Focus:

At the Allen Institute, Katie focuses on single cell sequencing, selectively profiling transcriptomes of neuromodulatory cell types, with a special interest in mid-brain dopaminergic and serotonergic cell types. This project also focuses on identifying candidate enhancers to allow for selectively labeled neuromodulatory neurons. She is also interested in the further categorization of neuromodulatory neurons and the comparison of different subgroupings of dopaminergic and serotonergic cells.

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