Skip to main content

Kimberly Smith

Director, Molecular Biology


With 20 years’ experience overseeing large scale genomic and transcriptomic projects, Kim Smith has spent the last 14 of them at the Allen Institute influencing, producing, and managing many of the most well known Brain-map products. In particular, she has managed production groups, methods development, and data handling for six research atlases including the signature brain atlas and mouse spinal cord atlas. Kim currently serves as the manager of the Single Cell RNASeq Core, supporting the Cell Types Mouse and Human Projects.

Kim’s first experiences with large scale genomics project management was working on Chromosome 7 of the Human Genome Project, the Pseudomonas Genome Project, and the Rice Genome Project, all while at the University of Washington. She then went on to develop and manage the Center for Expression Arrays at the University of Washington, branching out into the new Microarray technology at the time. After a few years at a new biotechnology venture that did not succeed, Kim welcomed the opportunity to start at the ground floor of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, employing her experience both at the bench and at establishing new production pipelines.

Kim received a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington.

Research Focus:

As the first bench scientist hired at Allen Institute for Brain Science, Kim has enjoyed being a part of the growth and development of the Institute over the last 14 years. She is passionate about generating high quality datasets that have high impact on scientific understanding of our world. She enjoys developing new processes and production pipelines as the backbone to generating these datasets.


  • Large scale, high throughput, genomic and transcriptomic projects

Research Programs

  • Allen Brain Atlas

  • Allen Human Brain Atlas

  • Allen Developing Mouse Brain Atlas

  • BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain

  • Non-Human Primate Atlas

  • Human Brain and BrainSpan LCM & Microarray projects

  • Ivy GAP (Glioblastoma)

  • TBI RNASeq Project

  • Allen Cell Types Database

News & Events