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Lisa Zeigler Allen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests and Accomplishments

Dr. Lisa Zeigler Allen is an Assistant Professor in the Microbial and Environmental Genomics Department at JCVI. Her research is directed towards understanding microbial and viral interactions through large-scale metagenomic, single cell/virion genomic and cultivation based approaches. She led the experimental design and implementation of the first single virion isolation and genomic characterization and is currently using these techniques to evaluate samples from the natural environment.  Through community level analyses of microbial and virioplankton consortia and culture-based virus/host dynamics, in particular eukaryotic phytoplankton host/virus, she is investigating the influence of viruses on host function, ecosystem performance, community-level diversity and the evolution of hosts.

Prior to becoming an Assistant Professor at JCVI, Lisa received her Ph.D. in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography where she studied marine natural products and microbial and viral ecology using genome-enabled approaches. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences at Washington State University and conducted undergraduate research on plant genetics in the lab of Diter von Wettstein.

Select Publications

Zeigler Allen L, Allen EE, et al.
Influence of Nutrients and Currents on the Genomic Composition of Microbes Across an Upwelling Mosaic.

The ISME Journal. 2012 Jul 01; 6: 1403-14.[more]

McLean JS, Fansler SJ, et al.
Identifying Low PH Active and Lactate-utilizing Taxa Within Oral Microbiome Communities from Healthy Children Using Stable Isotope Probing Techniques.

PloS one. 2012 Jul 01; 7: e32219.[more]

Williamson SJ, Allen LZ, et al.
Metagenomic Exploration of Viruses Throughout the Indian Ocean.

PloS One. 2012 Apr 01; 7: e42047.[more]

Allen, L. Z., Ishoey, T., et al.
Single Virus Genomics: a New Tool for Virus Discovery

PLoS ONE. 2011 Jan 01; 6(3). : e17722.[more]

Eloe EA, Fadrosh DW, et al.
Going Deeper: Metagenome of a Hadopelagic Microbial Community.

PloS one. 2011 Jan 01; 6. : e20388.[more]

Yooseph, S., Nealson, K. H., et al.
Genomic and Functional Adaptation In Surface Ocean Planktonic Prokaryotes

Nature. 2010 Nov 04; 468(7320): 60-6.[more]

Jensen PR, Williams PG, et al.
Species-specific Secondary Metabolite Production In Marine Actinomycetes of the Genus Salinispora.

Applied and environmental microbiology. 2007 Feb 01; 73: 1146-52.[more]

Williams PG, Buchanan GO, et al.
New Cytotoxic Salinosporamides from the Marine Actinomycete Salinispora Tropica.

The Journal of organic chemistry. 2005 Aug 05; 70: 6196-203.[more]