Staff Profiles

Luke Loftus

Research Associate II

Luke joined the Allen Institute in July 2019 as a research associate on the Human Cell Types team. Prior to joining the Institute, Luke worked for Seattle Genetics for two and a half years. There, Luke developed novel bioconjugation strategies to advance ADC technology across multiple oncology indications. Luke completed his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in biochemistry and neuroscience. His undergraduate thesis work was in neurobiology looking at learning and memory signaling pathways in the rat hippocampus and striatum. Luke also did an internship on the Process Development team at Alexion Pharmaceuticals. 


Research Interests

As a part of the human cell types team, I am interested in the distinct transcriptomic signatures of cell populations in the human brain, the relationship between normal and disease cell classes, and building live cell reporters to target and manipulate specific cell types.


  • Bioconjugation

  • Molecular Biology

  • Bio-orthogonal Chemistry

Research Programs

  • Human Cell Types

  • Human Genetic Tools

  • mFISH