Fenna Krienen receives BICAN award from NIH

Dr. Fenna Krienen, an Assistant Professor at PNI, was awarded a $6.9M grant as part of a global collaboration with the Allen Institute to develop comprehensive, single cell atlases of the human and nonhuman primate brain. The collaboration is funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative as part of The BRAIN Initiative® Cell Atlas Network, or BICAN, and includes projects led by researchers from 17 other institutions across the US, Europe and Japan. The Krienen lab will lead efforts to comprehensively map the molecular repertoire of cell types in the marmoset brain, and conduct comparative analysis of homologous cell types in other species including humans. A key aim is to elucidate how brain cell types evolve in mammalian lineages. Understanding the conservation and divergence of cell types across species enables better translation between what we see in animal studies and animal models with the structure and function of the human brain itself.