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Allan Jones, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Allan Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of the Allen Institute. Jones joined the Allen Institute in 2003 and has been instrumental in building a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists and managers, setting industry standards to create a systematic approach to answer questions in neuroscience.

In his first three years, Jones worked closely with the Institute founders as well as science and business advisors to lead the drive to create the Allen Brain Atlas, a comprehensive gene expression atlas of the mouse brain. In 2011, Jones announced the Allen Institute had completed an online, interactive atlas of the human brain. Unprecedented in its size and data sharing capacity, the suite of Allen Institute tools and data has been used for free by tens of thousands of individuals and scientific communities worldwide. As Jones leads the Institute towards the next decade, he and the team will continue to focus on foundational resources, taking the large-scale team, open science approach and applying it to basic research into understanding how the brain functions.

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Jones received a B.S. in biology from Duke University and Ph.D. in genetics and developmental biology from Washington University School of Medicine. After a brief period as a post doc at the University of Pennsylvania, Jones joined Avitech Diagnostics, a small start-up company in Philadelphia. He moved to Seattle in 1998 to work for Rosetta Inpharmatics, which was later acquired by Merck and Co.

As a key collaborator with a variety of organizations worldwide, Jones attended both the European Union's announcement in February 2013 of the Human Brain Project, a 10-year project to map and model the human brain, and President Obama's White House announcement in April 2013 of the BRAIN Initiative, a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. Jones currently serves on several advisory boards, and is Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Neuroscience and Behavior.

Read more about Allan Jones here, and watch his talk at TED Global.