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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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.


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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.

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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.

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Look in the labs | Cell Science

September 12, 2022

What makes human cells healthy and what goes wrong in disease? Allen Institute for Cell Science researchers investigate to learn more. 


SciShots: Brain tumors in high-res

June 30, 2022

Scientists are using tumor “spheroids” to study glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer


SciShots: Exploring cellular variability

June 10, 2022

Scientists are studying the wide range of “normal” within human cells