Will talk about: The Allen Brain Atlas: A suite of tools and data for exploring the mammalian CNS
Allan Jones joined the Allen Institute in 2003 to help start up the organization as one of its first employees. Bringing extensive expertise in project leadership and high-throughput genomics operations from prior management positions at Merck and Co., Rosetta Inpharmatics, and Avitech Diagnostics, he was instrumental in recruiting an integrated interdisciplinary team, building the Institute’s scientific operations from the ground up and successfully driving the Allen Mouse Brain Atlas to completion in 2006. Working closely with the founders, scientific, and business advisors, he provided strategic leadership and vision through the expansion of the Institute’s portfolio of large-scale, high impact initiatives from the mouse brain atlas through to work on the human brain. Following a focused business model for project planning and execution, he has driven multiple projects from conception to delivery as free, public resources, gaining support from the NIH, foundations and other funders to further expand the Institute’s offerings. Jones has broad scientific experience in genetics, molecular biology, and development. He holds a BS degree in biology from Duke University and a PhD in genetics and developmental biology from Washington
The Allen Institute for Brain Science is a non-profit research organization dedicated to providing free tools and data for the larger research community. Since 2003, the Allen Institute has created or participated in the generation of a series of large-scale data efforts along with a web portal to view and analyze the data (www.brain-map.org). These efforts include gene expression and reference atlas datasets of the developing and adult mouse brain and spinal cord, the developing and adult macaque brain, and the developing and adult human brain. In addition, the Allen Institute has created transgenic mouse lines for cell-type specific expression of cre and a set of novel cre-responder lines, which will form the basis for an upcoming cell-type specific connectivity atlas of the developing and adult mouse brain. The presentation will cover an overview of the Allen Institute, its current and future projects and infrastructure, and give a few specific data highlights from the Atlas efforts.