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Nicholas Peña

Research Associate I


Nicholas Peña joined the Applied Genomics group of the Allen Institute for Brain Science as a Research Associate I in June of 2022. Their role focuses on the operation and maintenance of BD FACSAria and Sony flow cytometry instruments, providing single-cell and nuclei sorting services, as well as isolating cells and nuclei in support of analyses of transcriptomic data sets used to identify selectively expressed genes from the neocortex. These data are used to identify relevant enhancer regions and used for development of viral reporters that can be utilized to help screen for specific gene expression in the neocortex of adult humans and mice. Nicholas' previous experience includes an internship at Seattle Children's Research Institute working on increasing the persistence of CAR T-cell immunotherapy through the investigation and quantification of lentiviral vectors and cancer antibodies. They graduated from Seattle University with a degree in biology.

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