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


Open Science Week | Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D.

September 15, 2020

Saving scientists valuable time and resources — our commitment to open science is filling an important niche in the cell biology community explains Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, a member of our Allen Institute for Cell Science's Scientific Advisory Board.


New image-reading software to level the microscopy image playfield

August 26, 2020

Open-source AICSImageIO library, developed for cell biologists, faithfully converts proprietary microscope image files into an open format


New ‘Cell Science Junior Fellows Program’ launches

August 18, 2020

Three researchers from UCSF, UCSD and Caltech join the inaugural group of early-career advisors for the Allen Institute for Cell Science