Hindsight 2020 

The Allen Institute Developmental Recording Symposium


Thank you so much to all the speakers and attendees who made our series a success!
If you weren't able to join us live, recordings of the monthly seminars can be found on our Allen Discovery Center YouTube channel.

  Seminar Speakers

Virtual Seminar Series  

The Allen Institute presents a reimagined, virtual Hindsight 2020 - The Allen Institute Developmental Recording Symposium. This series highlights  the latest insights from leading researchers in the fields of cell lineage and developmental recording, chaired by Jay Shendure, M.D., Ph.D. and Michael Elowitz, Ph.D., of the Allen Discovery Center at UW Medicine.
The symposium was previously scheduled for March 3-5, 2020 at the Allen Institute in Seattle, WA. In order to accommodate the full lineup of speakers in a virtual format, the symposium will now be presented as a series of virtual events.


Hindsight 2020 Seminars  



The kickoff event was hosted by the Allen Institute as a Zoom Webinar on November 18, 2020. The recorded event can be viewed here.

Series Kickoff Event

WEDNESDAY, 11/18/2020 8:30am-12:05pm Pacific Time

The kickoff event was hosted by the Allen Institute as a Zoom Webinar. Future events in the Hindsight 2020 Virtual Series will be hosted by the Allen Discovery Center at UW Medicine. 

Speakers Included

  • Allon Klein, Harvard Medical School
  • Cole Trapnell, University of Washington
  • Barbara Treutlein, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Pablo Meyer Rojas, IBM Research



Samantha Morris, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

Rahul Satija, PhD

New York Genome Center

Wed, 12/16/2020  

"Single-cell recording of lineage and transcriptional regulation in direct reprogramming"
Dr. Morris Abstract & Bio
"Integrated analysis of multimodal single-cell data" 
Dr. Satija Abstract & Bio


Magda Zernicka-Goetz, PhD

Cambridge University / Caltech

George Church, PhD

Harvard Medical School

Wed, 1/20/2021

8:30a - 10:30a PT
"Principles of Self-assembly of Natural and Stem Cell Embryos" 
Dr. Zernicka-Goetz Brief Bio
"De novo & targeted in situ sequencing of biomolecules & lineage"
Dr. Church Abstract & Bio

Detlev Arendt, PhD

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Celina Juliano, PhD


Wed, 02/17/2021  

"Whole-body correlation of gene expression with single-cell morphology" 
Dr. Arendt Abstract & Bio
"Stem cell differentiation trajectories in Hydra resolved at single cell resolution"
Dr. Juliano Abstract & Bio

Ellen Rothenberg, PhD


Jan Huisken, PhD

Morgridge Institute for Research

Wed, 03/17/2021  

"Mechanisms accounting for real-time dynamics of lineage determination in early T-cell development"
Dr. Rothenberg Abstract & Bio
"Towards a cellular blueprint of vertebrate development with custom light sheet microscopy"
Dr. Huisken Abstract & Bio

Tzumin Lee, PhD

Janelia Research Campus

Dana Pe’er, PhD

Sloan Kettering Institute

Wed, 04/21/2021  

"How does the genome encode the brain connectome?"
Dr. Lee Abstract & Bio
"Mapping the emergence of organ identities in time & space"
Dr. Pe'er Abstract & Bio

Kristy Red-Horse, PhD

Stanford University

Bob Waterston, MD, PhD

University of Washington

Wed, 05/19/2021  

"Do alternative developmental trajectories influence adult cellular responses?"
Dr. Red-Horse Abstract & Bio
"Transcriptome profiling with lineage and single cell resolution in Caenorhabditis"
Dr. Waterston Abstract & Bio

Prisca Liberali, PhD

Friedrich Meischer Institute for Biomedical Research

Chris Walsh, MD, PhD

Harvard Medical School

Wed, 06/16/2021  

"Regenerative landscape of intestinal organoids"
Dr. Liberali Abstract & Bio
"Cell lineage in the human cerebral cortex using somatic mutations and RNA analysis"
Dr. Walsh Abstract & Bio