DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY FACULTY PROFILE
RESEARCH ANNA ALLEN PUBLICATIONS
Contact Information
E-mail: anna.allen@howard.edu
Office Location: EE Just Hall Room 242
Office Telephone: 202-806-6957
Laboratory Location: EE Just Hall Room 236
Laboratory Telephone: 202-806-5614

Education
B.S., George Washington University (2001)
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins (2007)


Credentials
Genetics Society of America (GSA) (2003-Present)
National Science Teachers Association (NTSA) (2011-Present)

Courses
Developmental Biology BIOL413
General Biology BIOL101
Genetics BIOL200

Research Interests
Molecular Genetics
Developmental Biology
Fertizilization and reproduction
Meiosis

Grants and Funding Awards
NIH R15 Award, NICHD 2016-2018 [PI]
DOD, Major Research Instrumentation 2014-2015 [PI]

Laboratory Personnel
Ruby Boateng - Graduate Student
Michelle Fernando - Graduate Student

Research Detailed:
The goal of the Allen lab is to study the mechanisms by which a high quality gamete (the egg) is generated and how that gamete then undergoes one of the most fascinating process in development, fertilization. We use the nematode C. elegans as a model system to study two specific aspects of meiosis: 1) oocyte meiotic arrest and 2) oocyte maturation. To address these issues, we are taking an interdisciplinary approach involving genetics, molecular biology, cytological and biochemical techniques to study C. elegans meiosis.

Selected Publications
  Allen, A.K., Nesmith, J.E. and Golden A. An RNAi-based suppressor screen for interactors of the Myt1 ortholog of C. elegans. Submitted to G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 2012
  Shakes, D.C., Allen, A.K., Albert, K.M., and Golden, A. emb-1 encodes the APC16 subunit of the Caenorhabditis elegans Anaphase-Promoting Complex. Genetics 2011 Oct 189:549-560.)
  Allen, A.K. and Spradling, A.C. The SF-1-like nuclear hormone receptor Hr39 regulated Drosophila female reproductive tract development and function. Dev 2008 Jan 135(2):311-21.