Dr. Karen Allen, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Enzyme Mechanisms and Macromolecular Crystallography
  • Aldolase Isozymes
  • Dolichol Pathway Enzymes
  • Phosphotransferases in the Haloalkanoate Dehalogenase Superfamily
  • Lanthanide-Binding Tags

Office: SCI 394A
Phone: 617-358-5544
Fax: 617-353-6466
E-mail: drkallen@bu.edu

Office hours: By appointment

Degrees
  • B.S., cum laude in Biology, Tufts University, 1984
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Brandeis University, 1989
  • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow in X-ray Crystallography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989 and Brandeis University, 1990
Honors
  • Program Chair, XXI Enzyme Mechanism Conference
  • Program Chair, American Chemical Society National Meeting, Biological Chemistry Division
  • Faculty of 1000, contributor
  • Gordon Research Conference, Enzymes, Coenzymes and Metabolic Pathways, Co-Chair
Funding
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Genzyme Corporation
Affiliations
  • Associate Editor, Biochemistry
Teaching
  • CAS CH525 - Physical Biochemistry
  • GRS CH722 - Protein Chemistry: Function and Form
Research/Activities

Research in the Allen lab is concerned with diverse aspects of protein structure, function, and design. The lab employs a multidisciplinary approach involving state-of-the-art X-ray crystallography and spectroscopy, molecular modeling, enzymology, bioinformatics, and molecular biology to address fundamental problems at the interface of Enzymology and Structural Biology.