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WIB-Seattle: Imagine the Future of Bioscience with Young Women In Bio and the Allen Institute!
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WIB-Seattle: Imagine the Future of Bioscience with Young Women In Bio and the Allen Institute!

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST
Where: Allen Institute
615 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA  98109
United States
Contact: WIB-Seattle

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YWIB-Seattle is partnering with the Allen Institute for an inside look at how the Allen Institute is unlocking the complexities of bioscience, with research focus areas in neuroscience, cell biology, and immunology. High school students will have the opportunity to tour the Allen Institute facility, learn about current research in cell biology from a researcher, and participate in a panel discussion and Q&A about careers in science. Registration is required and high school students must have completed at least one year of high school biology to attend.

Please read the YWIB permission form located here.


YWIB Age Group

High school students who have completed at least one year of high school biology. (This is required to be able to attend)



3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Check-In
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Allen Institute Facility Tour
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mini Research Seminar
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Career Panel Discussion (snacks & beverages will be provided at this time)


Speaker Bios

Maggie Fuqua

Maggie joined the Allen Institute for Cell Science as a member of the Stem Cells and Gene Editing team in the Fall of 2015. In addition to helping her team in gene editing and clonal line generation, she also helps train new team members in cell culture. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biology from Western Washington University where her love of cells and teaching began. Her undergraduate and graduate research focused on studying the voltage-gating properties of two channels in the gap junction family (Connexin-38 and Pannexin-1, respectively) under the guidance of Dr. José Serrano-Moreno. She originally joined the Allen Institute for Brain Science as a Research Associate in the in vitro Human Cell Types team. Maggie is very interested in cell and mental health, and how the two are related. She is so excited by and thankful for this opportunity to learn from the cells with the help of her team here at the Allen Institute.

Sue Ludmann

Sue is a Research Associate in the Image-Based Assay Development group. Sue received her BS from Bowling Green State University and MS from Miami University (both in Ohio). She studied axonemal dynein in Tetrahymena for her Master’s thesis and then worked on both cytoplasmic dynein and kinesin in Drosophila at the University of Minnesota. From there she went to ChromaVision Medical Systems in San Juan Capistrano, California. At this medical device start-up company she was involved in the development of an automated microscope and also worked on key assays for rare cell detection such as isolating and detecting circulating tumor cells in the blood of cancer patients. Then she moved to Seattle where she worked first for Nastech Pharmaceuticals and then Amgen. While at Amgen, she worked in the Discovery Toxicology group developing cell-based assays to test various compounds of interest using both FACS and imaging. Sue used a number of imaging platforms including a high end multi-photon confocal microscope and developed a number of image-based assays to support the Amgen pipeline. Sue enjoys visualizing cellular components and dynamics and is very excited to be part of the Allen Institute for Cell Science.

Anna Marie Yanny

Anna Marie is part of the Human Cell Types team where she is helping to classify neuronal and glial cell types in the human brain through transcriptional profiling. The Human Cell Types team combines transcriptional, morphological, anatomical, and physiological data to determine the types of cells in the human brain. Prior to joining the Institute, Anna Marie worked at Western Washington University with Dr. McNeel Jantzen, where she used electroencephalography to research how musicianship influences speech processing. She also worked at WWU with Dr. Dietmar Schwarz to research the ecological physiology and genetics of desiccation resistance in the apple maggot fly. Her experience includes two internships at UW Neurosurgery and PeaceHealth Neurology where she conducted research on motor neuron survival in rats after spinal cord injury and observed neurodiagnostic procedures for epilepsy screening. Anna Marie earned her B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Western Washington University.

Mackenzie Coston 

Mackenzie joined the Microscopy team at the Allen Institute for Cell Science in the Spring of 2019. She is involved with the cardiomyocyte pipeline and automated tissue culture platform, assisting the team in producing high-resolution images of cells. Mackenzie earned a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Washington (UW). During her time at UW, Mackenzie participated in research with Dr. C. Dirk Keene’s neuropathology lab studying Alzheimer’s Disease and Dr. Clemens Cabernard’s lab studying the role of sodium/hydrogen antiporters in asymmetrical cell division. She has participated in further research at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Bioengineering under the mentorship of Dr. Adam Engler, and at the Infectious Disease Research Institute in the Tuberculosis Drug Discovery Group. Mackenzie is passionate about cell biology, participating in research that is accessible to all and using science to better the lives of individuals.

Pricing Information

  • Members: Free
  • Non-Members: Free


Walk-Ins Accepted?

No - Be sure to register early!


Maximum Capacity 



Parking Information

Very limited street parking is available. Students are to be dropped off at the three minute drop-off zone on the north side of the building on Roy Street. A YWIB committee member will be present at the drop off location to guide students to the Allen Institute entrance. Further directions will be emailed to registered attendees on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. 

Directions from Public Transit

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