The Allen Institute is an exceptional place to not only work on deeply compelling scientific problems, but to achieve real-world results and share them with everyone.

Christof Koch, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer

Our Institute

Our brains are what make us human. They give rise to our thoughts, actions, movements and desires, store our memories, and enable us to navigate our world every day. Yet despite decades of research—and impressive knowledge gathered about other aspects of the human body, including our entire genetic sequence—the brain remains largely a mystery.

The Allen Institute was established to answer some of the most pressing questions in neuroscience, grounded in an understanding of the brain and inspired by our quest to uncover the essence of what makes us human.

Our model for doing science is unlike most any other research institution. Using the original guiding principles—team science, big science and open science—the Allen Institute aims to accelerate research worldwide through public releases of new data, knowledge and tools.

Our Mission

Our mission is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Using a big science approach, we generate useful public resources, drive technological and analytical advances, and discover fundamental brain properties through integration of experiments, modeling and theory.

Our Vision

Understanding what makes us human is no small task. We are beginning with three primary areas of focus:

  • Deciphering how information is coded and processed in the brain;
  • Unraveling the codes within cells that govern their identity and function; and
  • Characterizing and cataloguing the wide variety of cells that constitute the brain.

Learn more about our founders Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen.

Our Approach

Learn about how our core principles of team science, big science and open science drive our unique work.

Facility & Technology

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Our Team

Meet the people who create and share the innovative ideas and resources from the Allen Institute for Brain Science.


Meet the renowned scientists who serve as our peer advisors and help us make our work as valuable to the community as possible.