Solving the mysteries of bioscience
Foundational Science Fuels Breakthroughs
Inspiring Next-Generation Scientists
We are leaders in large-scale research that transforms our understanding of human health and disease and shapes how science is conducted worldwide.
Our research focuses on understanding the components and processes of the brain, the functions of cells, and the intricacies of the human immune system.
The more we understand about how the body works and is interconnected at a basic, cellular level, the closer we come to treatments and cures for diseases like cancer, COVID-19, and Alzheimer’s.
Impact by the numbers:
Scientists access our resources every day
Each year from more than 200 countries
Citations of the Allen Mouse Brain Atlas (and counting)
Kathy Richmond, Ph.D., M.B.A.,
Executive VP, Director, Frontiers Group & Office of Science & Technology
Our work powers breakthroughs.
Every day our teams work to unlock the mysteries of human biology–how our minds and bodies operate in the world to give life meaning. Amazing new discoveries have been made at the Allen Institute, and when we openly share our data and resources, we allow the global scientific community to make faster progress and new insights into human health.
Our Science Programs
The Allen Institute is comprised of five science programs that focus on the fundamental components of biology and bioscience: Brain Science, Cell Science, Immunology, Neural Dynamics and the Frontiers Group. Our foundational research leads to groundbreaking discoveries about our brain, our cells, and our immune system, and these discoveries form the building blocks for new medicines and disease prevention.
LEARN ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS
A researcher working in the lab at the Allen Institute HQ.
Exploring the building blocks of life, health, and disease
We focus on foundational science, exploring how the human body functions and is connected at a fundamental level. We delve deep into the mechanics of our brain, probe the structures and functions of our cells, investigate how our bodies fight disease, and pursue ideas that are on the cutting edge of bioscience. We compare healthy cells and immune systems to those affected by diseases like Alzheimer’s, mapping the way forward to new treatments and therapies.
Hongkui Zeng, Ph.D., Executive VP & Director
Allen Institute for Brain Science
You’ll find neuroscientists, cell biologists, mathematicians, physicists, engineers, immunologists, geneticists, informatics experts and a team of administrative professionals working side-by-side to achieve our goals.