Will Allen

2014 Hertz Fellow
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William Allen is a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Under the guidance of advisors Karl Deisseroth and Liqun Luo, William developed new tools to study the structure and function of the brain at an unprecedented scale. He applied them to understand the neural basis of the sensation of thirst—how it is represented in the brain and how it regulates behavior. For this work he received the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences. William received a BS from Brown University and was a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where he received his master’s degree. He is currently a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

My favorite aspect of the Hertz Fellowship was the community.
– William Allen

Graduate Studies

Stanford University

Undergraduate Studies

Brown University


2012, Churchill Scholar, Winston Churchill Foundation of U.S.
2019, Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
2019-2022, Society of Fellows, Harvard University
2020, Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

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