UFRI Fellow, Allen 2015

AllenAdrian Douglas Allen, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Comprehensive Sciences
Research Associate, NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences
Howard University
Washington, DC
Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellow
Award year: 2015

My current research foci are interdisciplinary with an international reach and include the following:

1. Biosynthesis and application of biodegradable and biocompatible polymers, such as (polyhydroxyalkanoates, PHA) using various non-edible substrates (plant oils) and bacteria.

2. The identification and characterization of microbiota (bacteria and bacteriophages) in soils (includes Saharan/sub-Saharan dust) from Africa, the Caribbean and North America using molecular and mass spectrometric techniques, such as, metagenomics and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) respectively.

3. Identification and characterization of novel bacterial species, their secondary metabolites, the contribution of these metabolites to virulence and their potential applications.

4. Evaluating bacteriophage diversity and their associated bacterial hosts in several waterways in the greater metropolitan-Washington, DC, area, and the potential applications of these bacteriophages.

Dr. Allen is the recipient of several fellowships, including one from the Organization of American States (OAS). He has always had a profound desire to convey, in humility, information in an academic fashion to enlighten those around him.  It was primarily for this reason why he was a fellow for the American Society for Microbiology’s Science (ASM) Teaching Fellowship program; a “fellow” at ASM’s Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (ASM-SWPI), and recently the Lead Facilitator for Howard University’s PHAGES Summer program, a program sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  Dr. Allen is currently employing the many skills ascertained to direct the projects of a small cohort of minority students, and is also involved with several community outreach organizations. 

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