Department of Chemical Engineering
500 W 120th St.
New York, NY 10027
aco2134 at columbia.edu
Allie was born in Arlington, TX and raised in Birmingham, MI. She earned her B.S. from Rice University and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley where she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She completed her postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow. She started her independent career in the Chemical Engineering Department at Columbia University in January 2017.
Allie's research interests are at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and materials science and are motivated by a goal to improve human health. At Rice, she worked in the laboratory of Seiichi P.T. Matsuda on the characterization of terpene cyclases from Arabidopsis thaliana. At UC Berkeley, she worked in the laboratory of Matthew Francis as a part of the Chemical Biology Graduate Program. For her doctoral research, Allie developed bioconjugation reactions for the selective modification of proteins and created new targeted imaging agents based on virus-like particles for the detection of cardiovascular disease. At MIT, Allie worked in the laboratory of Bradley Olsen exploring complex coacervation as a method for encapsulating and stabilizing proteins. Allie investigated the design rules for globular protein complex coacervation and strategies to immobilize proteins in coacervates.
Aside from science, Allie enjoys hiking, cooking and rooting for the Golden State Warriors.
Allie's CV can be found here.