Staff Profiles

Yang Yu, Ph.D.

Software Engineer II

Yang Yu is a Scientist working at the Allen Institute for Brain Science within the Model, Analysis, and Theory (MAT) group. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, he worked at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, developing analytical and statistical algorithms and cutting edge software to understanding neural data. Yang received his PhD in Computer Science from Northeastern University, China, where he studied and developed pulmonary nodule detection and analysis methods for lung CT scans. He held his postdoctoral position, with Dr. Hanchuan Peng, at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, where he developed image processing and analysis methods to understanding microscopy images of the fruit fly and mouse brains.



Research Interests

Yang’s research uses computation to understand the brain. He works at the intersection of computation, data science, and neuroscience, developing analytical and statistical approaches to understanding neural data. At the Allen Institute, he will be working on developing better methods for large scale 3D neuron reconstruction from optical microscopy images. He will also focus on developing algorithms and tools to improving the performance of large scale neural data processing and analysis.


  • Computational neuroscience
  • Computer vision and visualization
  • Biomedical engineering

Research Programs

  • MAT