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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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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2003 2019

  • 556 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 26 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article

Effects of temperature on bacterial microbiome composition in Ixodes scapularis ticks

Thapa, S., Zhang, Y. & Allen, M. S., 1 May 2019, In : MicrobiologyOpen. 8, 5, e00719.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Ixodes
Microbiota
Ticks
Temperature
Rickettsia

Immunological responses to the relapsing fever spirochete borrelia turicatae in infected rhesus macaques: Implications for pathogenesis and diagnosis

Embers, M. E., Krishnavajhala, A., Armstrong, B. A., Curtis, M. W., Pahar, B., Wilder, H. K., Allen, M. S., Beare, P. A., Hasenkampf, N. R. & Lopez, J. E., 1 Apr 2019, In : Infection and Immunity. 87, 4, e00900.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Relapsing Fever
Borrelia
Spirochaetales
Macaca mulatta
Primates
7 Citations (Scopus)

Alterations to the Intestinal Microbiome and Metabolome of Pimephales promelas and Mus musculus Following Exposure to Dietary Methylmercury

Bridges, K. N., Zhang, Y., Curran, T. E., Magnuson, J. T., Venables, B. J., Durrer, K. E., Allen, M. S. & Roberts, A. P., 7 Aug 2018, In : Environmental Science and Technology. 52, 15, p. 8774-8784 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

methylmercury
Fish
Neurodegenerative diseases
teleost
Hatches

Variations of the lung microbiome and immune response in mechanically ventilated surgical patients

Huebinger, R. M., Smith, A. D., Zhang, Y., Monson, N. L., Ireland, S. J., Barber, R. C., Kubasiak, J. C., Minshall, C. T., Minei, J. P., Wolf, S. E. & Allen, M. S., 1 Oct 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 10, e0205788.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Microbiota
Respiratory System
lungs
immune response
Cytokines
11 Citations (Scopus)

Genetically engineered probiotic for the treatment of phenylketonuria (PKU); Assessment of a novel treatment in vitro and in the PAHenu2 mouse model of PKU

Durrer, K. E., Allen, M. S. & Von Herbing, I. H., 1 May 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 5, e0176286.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

phenylketonuria
Phenylketonurias
Probiotics
Phenylalanine
probiotics