• 691 Citations
  • 14 h-Index

Research output per year

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Area of Expertise

Research in the Allen Laboratory focuses on the microbiology of vector-borne diseases and microbiome-host studies of human, plant, and animal systems. The former includes testing of all ticks submitted to the state of Texas for the presence of specific bacterial pathogens in cooperation with the Texas Department of State Health Services; research into factors influencing disease transmission from ticks and other arthropods; and mechanisms of immune avoidance by tick-borne pathogens. The microbiome research includes investigation of complex bacterial communities and their interactions with a wide variety of hosts; defining factors that disrupt or support microbial community assembly and structure; exploring community dynamics in polymicrobial diseases of different organ systems (e.g. gut, lung); development of genetically engineered probiotics for the treatment of disease; and applications of microbiome research to problems in forensic science.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Microbiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

BS in Biology, University of Texas at Arlington

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Research Output

  • 691 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
  • 30 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article

Comparative analysis of racial differences in breast tumor microbiome

Thyagarajan, S., Zhang, Y., Thapa, S., Allen, M. S., Phillips, N., Chaudhary, P., Kashyap, M. V. & Vishwanatha, J. K., 1 Dec 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 14116.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Comparison of the Bacterial Gut Microbiome of North American Triatoma spp. With and Without Trypanosoma cruzi

    Mann, A. E., Mitchell, E. A., Zhang, Y., Curtis-Robles, R., Thapa, S., Hamer, S. A. & Allen, M. S., 13 Mar 2020, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 11, 364.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Scopus citations

    Effects of inhaled air pollution on markers of integrity, inflammation, and microbiota profiles of the intestines in Apolipoprotein E knockout mice

    Fitch, M. N., Phillippi, D., Zhang, Y., Lucero, J. A., Pandey, R. S., Liu, J., Brower, J., Allen, M. S., Campen, M. J., McDonald, J. D. & Lund, A. K., Feb 2020, In : Environmental Research. 181, 108913.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Scopus citations

    Bacterial microbiomes of Ixodes scapularis ticks collected from Massachusetts and Texas, USA

    Thapa, S., Zhang, Y. & Allen, M. S., 24 Jun 2019, In : BMC Microbiology. 19, 1, 138.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 9 Scopus citations

    Effects of temperature on bacterial microbiome composition in Ixodes scapularis ticks

    Thapa, S., Zhang, Y. & Allen, M. S., May 2019, In : MicrobiologyOpen. 8, 5, e00719.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 12 Scopus citations