Assistant Investigator, Allen Institute for Brain Science.
Julie Harris joined the Allen Institute in 2011 to help establish the Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas. She currently guides research and development efforts to generate high quality datasets of neural projections using viral vectors and fluorescent proteins to label neurons and their axons throughout the adult mouse brain. She also leads the selection of transgenic Cre driver mice for inclusion in the Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas, which will contribute to a better understanding of cell types through their connectivity patterns. Her research interests include understanding the anatomical and functional bases of large-scale neural circuits in normal and disease states. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Gladstone Institute for Neurological Disease, she worked with mouse models to understand how Alzheimer's disease can propagate through vulnerable neuronal networks. Harris received a B.S. in zoology from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in neurobiology and behavior from the University of Washington.