Next Generation Leaders

The purpose of the Next Generation Leaders Council at the Allen Institute for Brain Science is to formally recognize the importance of fresh and innovative contributions from scientists at early stages of their careers.

By selecting emerging leaders to participate in the Next Generation Leadership Council, we foster professional development by providing opportunities and informal training on how to serve as scientific advisors. The Next Generation Leaders gain direct experience with the model of collaborative team science embraced at the Institute, and act as Institute ambassadors with academic and industry colleagues.

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Past Next Generation Leaders Council Members

Eiman Azim, Ph.D. | Salk Institute
Andre Berndt, Ph.D.| University of Washington
Renata Batista Brito, Ph.D. | Albert Einstein School of Medicine
Denise Cai, Ph.D. | Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Jerry Chen, Ph.D. | Boston University
Eva Dyer, Ph.D. | Emory University
Jennifer Garrison, Ph.D. | Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Lisa Giocomo, Ph.D. | Stanford University
Viviana Gradinaru, Ph.D. | California Institute of Technology
Michael Halassa, M.D., Ph.D. | The Neuroscience Institute, New York University
Mark Harnett, Ph.D. | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alexander Huth, Ph.D. | University of Texas at Austin
Jens Kremkow, Ph.D. | Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Simona Lodato, Ph.D. | Humanitas University
Evan Macosko, M.D., Ph.D. | Harvard Medical School
Andrew Miri, Ph.D. | Northwestern University
Richard Naud, Ph.D. | University of Ottawa
Lucy Palmer, Ph.D. | The Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia
Ueli Rutishauser, Ph.D. | Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Krishanu Saha, Ph.D. | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Neville Sanjana, Ph.D. | New York Genome Center & New York University
Benjamin Scott, Ph.D. | Boston University
John Tuthill, Ph.D. | University of Washington
Michael Yartsev, Ph.D. | Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley

Apply to be a Next Generation Leader

Applications for the 2020 cohort are now closed.

Roles and program benefits during the Next Generation Leader term

  • Attend the annual Showcase Symposium and related events, to be held December 14-17, 2020 in Seattle, Washington (or virtually).
  • In the first year of serving on the Council, give a presentation on current research at the Showcase Symposium.
  • Provide feedback in an interactive format with other council members on research programs and other initiatives at the Allen Institute.
  • Attend one additional Allen Institute project advisory council meeting per year, providing an opportunity to gain experience serving on and participating in an advisory council with senior scientists from across the world.
  • Network with Allen Institute scientists, current, and former Next Generation Leaders through additional events and serve as ambassadors for the Institute and resources in the neuroscience community.

Program Details

  • All Next Generation Leaders will serve a three-year term.
  • All travel expenses and an annual honorarium will be paid.
  • Up to six Next Generation Leaders will be appointed each year, for a total of 18 members.

Qualifications and Application Instructions

  • Applicant requirements:
    • Hold an M.D. and/or Ph.D. in a relevant field
    • Currently serve in a postdoctoral position or began as an Assistant Professor on or after 6/7/2018 (or the equivalent level in industry)
    • Have a passion for understanding the complex problems facing brain research today.
  • Interested participants must complete two steps to apply:
    • Complete application form with biographical information and answers to five questions (200 words max):
      • How has the movement towards open science changed how you publish your work or share your tools?
      • In what ways have you engaged, or do you plan to engage, in a team or collaborative approach to your research?
      • How do you think "big science", or industrial-style data generation projects, and traditional academic research groups can best interact?
      • What Allen Institute resources do you find most helpful for your research?
      • Please detail your personal experiences, professional skills, and/or willingness to engage in activities that will advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in neuroscience.
    • Send remaining application materials in PDF format to
      • Letter from the applicant describing research and/or professional accomplishments and the impact the applicant hopes to have in the neuroscience field over the next 10 years (1 page max.), including a 2-3 sentence lay summary
      • Curriculum vitae
      • One or two letters of support submitted directly from the applicant’s current or former PI, department chair, dean or equivalent, addressing the applicant’s innovative work, potential and ability to bridge disciplines. Allen Institute staff will not contact references to solicit letters of support.

Applications for the 2020 Next Generation Leader cohort are now closed. If you have any questions about the application process please contact us at