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Ed Lein

Ed Lein, Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Ed Lein, Ph.D.

Allen Institute for Brain Science



Ed Lein is an investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington. He received a B.S. in biochemistry from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from UC Berkeley, and performed postdoctoral work at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He joined the Allen Institute in 2004 and has provided scientific guidance for the creation of large-scale gene expression atlases of the adult and developing mammalian brain as catalytic community resources, including the inaugural Allen Mouse Brain Atlas and developing and adult human and non-human primate brain atlases. Particular interests of Dr. Lein include using transcriptomics as a core phenotype to understand brain organization at the regional, cellular and functional brain level, to understand what is unique about human brain, and to understand what is disrupted in brain diseases.  He now leads the Human Cell Types program which aims to create a comprehensive understanding of human cortical cell types and circuits using quantitative single cell transcriptomic, anatomical and functional methods.