The cell is the building block of all living organisms and is incredibly complex. We’re taking a novel, holistic approach to understand the human cell and help accelerate cell biology and biomedical research.

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COVID-19 update

To minimize risk of transmission of COVID-19 among employees and to meet Washington state mandates, we activated a work from home policy for non-essential employees, effective March 6th. 

While our experimental program is compromised, all of our other activities continue uninhibited and we remain open for science. Our cell lines and plasmids are still available from Coriell and Addgene, respectively.  Our computational analysis tools and visualization platforms can be viewed and utilized by researchers and educators on  

If your laboratory is working on COVID-19 research, and you think any of our resources might help you, please let us know at

Our bodies are composed of trillions of specialized cells. It’s the building block that makes us—and unmakes us—in health and disease. The Allen Institute for Cell Science uses diverse technologies and approaches at a large scale to study the cell and its components as an integrated system. Our live imaging data of the major cell structures, tagged by genome-editing human stem cells, is used to develop predictive models of cell states and behavior. One of our founding credos is open science, therefore, all our data and methods at the Allen Cell Explorer are publicly available to scientists worldwide.


Allen Cell Explorer

Access our data portal where you can explore publicly available data, tools and models, including large-scale 3D imaging data, predictive models and cell observations, detailed methods, and descriptions of cell lines available for research.

Our Impact

See how Christopher Chen from Boston University's Tissue Microfabrication Laboratory used the Allen Institute's publicly available human cell lines to study the structure that gives our heart muscle the ability to contract and pump blood.

Cell Science News


SciShots: An assortment of heart cells

January 21, 2022

Scientists are capturing the wide visual diversity of human cells

In the News

It’s time to incorporate diversity into our basic science and disease models

November 29, 2021

It’s time to incorporate diversity into our basic science and disease models. Leaders in cell biology share their perspectives including our Rick Horwitz, and Ru Gunawardane.

In the News

Share methods through visual and digital protocols

July 21, 2021

See how our teams — and others — are developing effective protocols to equip researchers with essential skills and ensure that experiments can be replicated.