Staff Profiles

Rong Guo, Ph.D.

Scientist II

Rong Guo joined the Allen Institute in 2022 as a Scientist in the Human Cell Types Group, where she contributes to the development of novel gene therapies for neurodevelopmental disorders. As part of the gene therapy program, Rong focuses on the in vitro/in vivo testing of new therapeutic AAVs to treat brain diseases such as epilepsy. Prior to joining the Allen institute, Rong was a postdoc associate at the University of Pittsburgh, where her work used multidisciplinary approaches to understand how sleep regulates reward-seeking and relapse. She obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington State University where she studied sleep and circadian disruptions in rodent models of alcohol use disorders. She received her B.S. in Biological Science from Shandong University, China. 


Research Interests

Rong Guo has a passion for translational research in neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders, and is interested in identifying novel molecular, genetic, and circuit-level therapeutic targets.


  • Sleep Physiology
  • Circadian Rhythms
  • Synaptic Plasticity
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Slice Electrophysiology
  • In Vivo Testing

Research Programs:

  • Human Cell Types
  • AAV Gene Therapy