Allan Jones PHD

Allen Institute

Allan Jones, PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Allen Institute, an independent, nonprofit research organization dedicated to answering some of the biggest questions in bioscience and accelerating research worldwide. Dr. Jones joined the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003, managing its growth and impact over its first decade. He led the launch of the Allen Institute for Cell Science in 2014, the launch of The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group in 2016, and the Allen Institute for Immunology in 2018. He has been instrumental in helping Paul G. Allen realize his vision of broad impact on the field of bioscience, building a unique multidisciplinary team model of engineers, scientists and business professionals operating on an annual budget of over $100M.

Dr. Jones received a BS in biology from Duke University and a PhD in genetics and developmental biology from Washington University School of Medicine. After a brief post-doc at the University of Pennsylvania, Jones joined Avitech Diagnostics, a small start-up company. He then worked for Rosetta Inpharmatics, which was acquired by Merck and Co.

After the launch of the Allen Institute for Brain Science 10-yr, $1B plan in 2012, Dr. Jones has acted as a key collaborator and organizer with a variety of organizations worldwide. He attended both the European Union’s announcement in February 2013 of the Human Brain Project, and President Obama’s White House announcement in April 2013 of the BRAIN Initiative. His 2011 TED Talk has garnered nearly a million views.