Biographical sketch - James Allen

a.       Professional Preparation

  • Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia Physics B.S. 1977
  • University of Illinois, Urbana Physics M.S. 1979
  • University of Illinois, Urbana Physics Ph.D. 1982
  • University of California, San Diego Biophysics Postdoctorial Studies 1982-1989

b.      Area of Specialization: photosynthesis, structural biology

c.       Appointments

  • Arizona State University, Associate Chair Chem. & Biochem. 2006 – present
  • Arizona State University, Professor Chem. & Biochem. 1999 – present
  • Arizona State University, Associate Prof. Chem. & Biochem. 1995 – 1999
  • Arizona State University, Assistant Prof. Chem. & Biochem. 1989 – 1995
  • University of California, San Diego, Asst. Research Physicist 1985 – 1989
  • University of California, San Diego, Postdoctoral Fellow 1982 – 1985
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Research and Teaching Asst. 1977 – 1982
  • Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, Laboratory Asst. 1973 – 1977

d.      Professional Recognition

  • James A Shannon Director’s Award, National Institutes of Health 1997
  • Burroughs Wellcome Research Award 1999
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2000

e.       Ten Recent Publications

  1. H. Wang, S. Lin, J. P. Allen, J. C. Williams, and N. Woodbury (2007) “Protein dynamics control the kinetics of initial electron transfer in photosynthesis” Science  316, 757-760.
  2. S. Lin, P. R. Jaschke, H. Wang, M. Paddock, A. Tufts, J. P. Allen, F. I. Rosell, G. A. Mauk, N. W. Woodbury, and J. T. Beatty (2009) “Electron transfer in Rhodobacter sphaeroides reaction centers assembled with zinc bacteriochlorophylls” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, 8537-8542.
  3. G. Uyeda, J. C. Williams, M. Roman, T. A. Mattioli, and J. P. Allen (2010) “The influence of hydrogen bonds on the electronic structure of light harvesting complexes from purple bacteria” Biochemistry 49, 1146-1159.
  4. C. R. Simmons, C. L. Magee, D. A. Smith, L. Lauman, J. C. Chaput and J. P. Allen (2010) “Implications of unusual ligand binding in a synthetic class of de novo proteins” Biochemistry 49, 8689-8699.
  5. J. P. Allen and J. C. Williams (2011) “The evolutionary pathway from anoxygenic to oxygenic photosynthesis examined by comparison of the properties of photosystem II and bacterial reaction centers” Photosynthesis Research 107, 59-69.
  6. C. R. Larson, C. Seng, L. Lauman, H. J. Matthies, J. Wen, R. E. Blankenship, and J. P. Allen (2011) “The three dimensional structure of the FMO protein from Pelodictyon phaeum and the implications for energy transfer” Photosynthesis Research 107, 139-150.
  7. Zhang, A. M. LaFountain, N. Magdaong, M. Fuciman, J. P. Allen, H. A. Frank, and J. F. Rusling (2011) “Thin film voltammetry of wild type and mutant reaction center proteins from photosynthetic bacteria” J. Phys. Chem. B 115, 3226-3232.
  8. L. Kalman, G. Uyeda, J. C. Williams, and J. P. Allen (2011) “Energetics for oxidation of a bound manganese cofactor in modified bacterial reaction centers” Biochemistry 50, 3310-3320.
  9. J. Pan, S. Lin, J. P. Allen, J. C. Williams, H. A. Frank, and N. W. Woodbury (2011)  “Carotenoid excited state properties in photosynthetic purple bacterial reaction centers: Effects of the protein environment” J. Phys. Chem. B 115, 7058-7068.
  10. S. S. Deshmukh, J. C. Williams, J. P. Allen, and L. Kalman (2011) “Light-induced conformational changes in photosynthetic reaction centers: Impact of detergents and lipids on the electronic structure of the primary electron donor” Biochemistry 50, 5249-5262.

f.       Service to the Profession:

  • American Crystallographic Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • Biophysical Society
  • NASA Protein Crystal Growth Panel 1994
  • US Dept. of Energy Structural Biology Program Panel 1994
  • NASA Microgravity Glovebox Science Panel 1999
  • Chair, Ninth Western Photosynthesis Conference, Asilomar CA, 2000
  • National Institutes of Health Biophysics Study Section 2000-2001
  • National Institutes of Health Biophysics Fellowship Panel 2000-2003
  • Chair, Structures of Photosynthetic Complexes Session, Biophysical Society, 48st Annual Meeting, Baltimore MD, 2004
  • Biophysical Society, Bioenergetics Committee Member 2003-2007
  • Editor, Special issues on Structural Biology of Proteins in Photosynthetic Organisms in Photosynthesis Research 2003-2005
  • Grand Awards Judge, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2005
  • National Institutes of Health Membrane Protein Roadmap Panel 2005
  • National Institutes of Health Minority Biomedical Research Support Panel 2006
  • Chair, Structural Biology of Membrane Proteins Session, Biophysical Society, 51st Annual Meeting, Baltimore MD, 2007
  • National Institutes of Health X-ray Instrumentation Panel, 2007
  • National Institutes of Health Biophysics Fellowship Panel 2008-present
  • National Science Foundation X-ray Instrumentation Panel 2009


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