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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Mike Allen

Dr Mike Allen

Associate Professor of Single Cell Genomics

 Hatherly B9


Hatherly Building, University of Exeter, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4PS, UK


Professor Mike Allen is an Associate Professor of Single Cell Genomics in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at University of Exeter. His interests are varied and encompass both blue skies and applied research topics. Blue skies research focuses mainly on understanding the role of viruses in the ocean using genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches. Applied research focuses on biocatalysis, bioremediation, biotransformation, bioprocessing and technology development.

Mike’s current academic research projects include co-evolution of coccolithophores and coccolithoviruses, sphingolipid biosynthesis, novel protein characterisation, lytic and latent phytoplankton viruses, phytoplankton and virus isolation. Applied projects include biofuel production and processing, bioremediation, water sanitation, high throughput liquid processing and the development of novel photobioreactor technologies for promoting microalgal growth. 

Current and recent funding sources include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Roddenberry Foundation, BBSRC and Innovate UK.

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Wilson WH, Van Etten JL, Allen MJ (2009). The Phycodnaviridae: the story of how tiny giants rule the world. Abstract.

Journal articles

Buchholz H, Michelsen M, Temperton B, Bolanos L, Allen M (In Press). Efficient Dilution-to-Extinction isolation of novel virus-host model systems for fastidious heterotrophic bacteria. The ISME Journal: multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology
Warwick-Dugdale J, Buchholz H, Allen M, Temperton B (In Press). Host-hijacking and Planktonic Piracy: How Phages Command the Microbial High Seas. Virology
Warwick-Dugdale J, Moore K, Allen M, Temperton B (In Press). Long-read viral metagenomics captures abundant and microdiverse viral populations and their niche-defining genomic islands. PeerJ
Smith J, Pilsbury A, Kumar V, Karamerou EE, Chuck CJ, Herrera-Rodriguez L, Suarez JV, Allen MJ (2024). Accessing the Efficacy of Sargassum-Based Aqueous Phase Products Derived from Hydrothermal Carbonisation and Hydrothermal Liquefaction on Plant Growth. Phycology, 4(1), 53-64.
Allen MJ, Pearce M (2024). Continuous Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Mexican Sargassum Seaweed—An Analysis of Hydrocarbon Fractions and Elemental Composition. ChemEngineering, 8(2). Abstract.
Warwick-Dugdale J, Tian F, Michelsen ML, Cronin DR, Moore K, Farbos A, Chittick L, Bell A, Zayed AA, Buchholz HH, et al (2024). Long-read powered viral metagenomics in the oligotrophic Sargasso Sea. Nat Commun, 15(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Chrismas N, Allen R, Allen MJ, Bird K, Cunliffe M (2023). A 17-year time-series of fungal environmental DNA from a coastal marine ecosystem reveals long-term seasonal-scale and inter-annual diversity patterns. Proc Biol Sci, 290(1992). Abstract.  Author URL.
Teague J, Day JCC, Allen MJ, Scott TB, Hochberg EJ, Megson-Smith D (2023). A Demonstration of the Capability of Low-Cost Hyperspectral Imaging for the Characterisation of Coral Reefs. Oceans, 4(3), 286-300. Abstract.
Allen MJ, Whytlaw JL, Hutton N, Hoffman JS (2023). Heat Mitigation in the Southeastern United States: Are Cooling Centers Equitable and Strategic?. SOUTHEASTERN GEOGRAPHER, 63(4), 366-385.  Author URL.
Buchholz HH, Bolaños LM, Bell AG, Michelsen ML, Allen MJ, Temperton B (2023). Novel pelagiphage isolate Polarivirus skadi is a polar specialist that dominates SAR11-associated bacteriophage communities at high latitudes. ISME J, 17(10), 1660-1670. Abstract.  Author URL.
Evans CT, Payton O, Picco L, Allen MJ (2023). Visualisation of microalgal-viral interactions by high-speed atomic force microscopy. FRONTIERS IN VIROLOGY, 3  Author URL.
Buchholz HH, Bolaños LM, Bell AG, Michelsen ML, Allen MJ, Temperton B (2022). A Novel and Ubiquitous Marine Methylophage Provides Insights into Viral-Host Coevolution and Possible Host-Range Expansion in Streamlined Marine Heterotrophic Bacteria. Appl Environ Microbiol, 88(7). Abstract.  Author URL.
Teague J, Megson-Smith DA, Allen MJ, Day JCC, Scott TB (2022). A Review of Current and New Optical Techniques for Coral Monitoring. Oceans, 3(1), 30-45. Abstract.
Tonon T, Machado CB, Webber M, Webber D, Smith J, Pilsbury A, Cicéron F, Herrera-Rodriguez L, Jimenez EM, Suarez JV, et al (2022). Biochemical and Elemental Composition of Pelagic Sargassum Biomass Harvested across the Caribbean. Phycology, 2(1), 204-215. Abstract.
Lamb DC, Goldstone JV, Zhao B, Lei L, Mullins JGL, Allen MJ, Kelly SL, Stegeman JJ (2022). Characterization of a Virally Encoded Flavodoxin That can Drive Bacterial Cytochrome P450 Monooxygenase Activity. Biomolecules, 12(8), 1107-1107. Abstract.
Schiano di Visconte G, Allen MJ, Spicer A (2022). New Insights from the High-Resolution Monitoring of Microalgae–Virus Infection Dynamics. Viruses, 14(3), 466-466. Abstract.
Allen MJ, Cicéron F, Monier A (2022). The potential of nature’s unseen industrious heroes: marine viruses. The Biochemist, 44(2), 18-21.
Teague J, Willans J, Megson-Smith DA, Day JCC, Allen MJ, Scott TB (2022). Using Colour as a Marker for Coral ‘Health’: a Study on Hyperspectral Reflectance and Fluorescence Imaging of Thermally Induced Coral Bleaching. Oceans, 3(4), 547-556. Abstract.
Evans CT, Baldock SJ, Hardy JG, Payton O, Picco L, Allen MJ (2021). A non-destructive, tuneable method to isolate live cells for high-speed afm analysis. Microorganisms, 9(4). Abstract.
Pagarete A, Ramos AS, Puntervoll P, Allen MJ, Verdelho V (2021). Antiviral Potential of Algal Metabolites-A Comprehensive Review. Mar Drugs, 19(2). Abstract.  Author URL.
Hongthong S, Leese HS, Allen MJ, Chuck CJ (2021). Assessing the conversion of various nylon polymers in the hydrothermal liquefaction of macroalgae. Environments - MDPI, 8(4). Abstract.
Buchholz HH, Bolaños LM, Bell AG, Michelsen ML, Allen MJ, Temperton B (2021). Genomic evidence for inter-class host transition between abundant streamlined heterotrophs by a novel and ubiquitous marine Methylophage. Abstract.
Schiano di Visconte G, Allen MJ, Spicer A (2021). Novel Capsular Polysaccharide from Lobochlamys segnis. Polysaccharides, 2(1), 121-137. Abstract.
Hardy JG, Sdepanian S, Stowell AF, Aljohani AD, Allen MJ, Anwar A, Barton D, Baum JV, Bird D, Blaney A, et al (2021). Potential for Chemistry in Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary, and Transdisciplinary Teaching Activities in Higher Education. Journal of Chemical Education, 98(4), 1124-1145. Abstract.
Teague J, Allen MJ, Day JCC, Scott TB (2020). A Review of Current Coral Monitoring Tools/ Diagnostic Methods & Introducing a New Tool to the Coral Health Toolkit. Abstract.
Mayers JJ, Landels AR, Allen MJ, Albers E (2020). An energy and resource efficient alkaline flocculation and sedimentation process for harvesting of Chromochloris zofingiensis biomass. Bioresource Technology Reports, 9 Abstract.
Parsons S, Allen MJ, Chuck CJ (2020). Coproducts of algae and yeast-derived single cell oils: a critical review of their role in improving biorefinery sustainability. Bioresource Technology, 303 Abstract.
Buchholz HH, Michelsen M, Bolaños LM, Browne E, Allen MJ, Temperton B (2020). Efficient Dilution-to-Extinction isolation of novel virus-host model systems for fastidious heterotrophic bacteria. Abstract.
Jones ES, Raikova S, Ebrahim S, Parsons S, Allen MJ, Chuck CJ (2020). Saltwater based fractionation and valorisation of macroalgae. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, 95(8), 2098-2109.  Author URL.
Piccini M, Raikova S, Allen MJ, Chuck CJ (2019). A synergistic use of microalgae and macroalgae for heavy metal bioremediation and bioenergy production through hydrothermal liquefaction. Sustainable Energy and Fuels, 3(1), 292-301. Abstract.
Beacham TA, Cole IS, DeDross LS, Raikova S, Chuck CJ, Macdonald J, Herrera L, Ali T, Airs RL, Landels A, et al (2019). Analysis of seaweeds from South West England as a biorefinery feedstock. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 9(20). Abstract.
Teague J, Willans J, Allen MJ, Scott TB, Day JCC (2019). Applied marine hyperspectral imaging; coral bleaching from a spectral viewpoint. Spectroscopy Europe, 31(1), 13-17.
Raikova S, Knowles TDJ, Allen MJ, Chuck CJ (2019). Co-liquefaction of Macroalgae with Common Marine Plastic Pollutants. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 7(7), 6769-6781. Abstract.
D'Adamo S, Schiano di Visconte G, Lowe G, Szaub-Newton J, Beacham T, Landels A, Allen MJ, Spicer A, Matthijs M (2019). Engineering the unicellular alga Phaeodactylum tricornutum for high-value plant triterpenoid production. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 17(1), 75-87. Abstract.
Raikova S, Allen MJ, Chuck CJ (2019). Hydrothermal liquefaction of macroalgae for the production of renewable biofuels. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 13(6), 1483-1504. Abstract.
Teague J, Willans J, Allen MJ, Scott TB, Day JCC (2019). Hyperspectral imaging as a tool for assessing in this issue: Preprocessing to compensate for packaging film/using neural nets to invert the prosail canopy model coral health utilising natural fluorescence. Journal of Spectral Imaging, 8 Abstract.
Landels A, Beacham TA, Evans CT, Carnovale G, Raikova S, Cole IS, Goddard P, Chuck C, Allen MJ (2019). Improving electrocoagulation floatation for harvesting microalgae. Algal Research, 39 Abstract.
Abeln F, Fan J, Budarin VL, Briers H, Parsons S, Allen MJ, Henk DA, Clark J, Chuck CJ (2019). Lipid production through the single-step microwave hydrolysis of macroalgae using the oleaginous yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima. Algal Research, 38 Abstract.
Raikova S, Piccini M, Surman MK, Allen MJ, Chuck CJ (2019). Making light work of heavy metal contamination: the potential for coupling bioremediation with bioenergy production. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 94(10), 3064-3072. Abstract.
Parsons S, Allen MJ, Abeln F, McManus M, Chuck CJ (2019). Sustainability and life cycle assessment (LCA) of macroalgae-derived single cell oils. Journal of Cleaner Production, 232, 1272-1281. Abstract.
di Visconte GS, Spicer A, Chuck CJ, Allen MJ (2019). The microalgae biorefinery: a perspective on the current status and future opportunities using genetic modification. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 9(22). Abstract.
Evans CT, Payton O, Picco L, Allen MJ (2018). Algal viruses: the (atomic) shape of things to come. Viruses, 10(9). Abstract.
Sivri N, Allen MJ, Jones M, Seker DZ, Durmus T, Balci M, Balkis N (2018). Distribution of enteric bacteria by means of gis and detection of Escherichia coli with uida gene in Kapıdağ Peninsula of Marmara sea. Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, 47(7), 1495-1501. Abstract.
Warwick-Dugdale J, Solonenko N, Moore K, Chittick L, Gregory AC, Allen MJ, Sullivan MB, Temperton B (2018). Long-read viral metagenomics enables capture of abundant and microdiverse viral populations and their niche-defining genomic islands. Abstract.
Teague J, Allen MJ, Scott TB (2018). The potential of low-cost ROV for use in deep-sea mineral, ore prospecting and monitoring. OCEAN ENGINEERING, 147, 333-339.  Author URL.
Teague J, Scott TB, Sharma S, Graham G, Allen MJ (2017). An Alternative Method to Niskin Sampling for More Accurate Metatranscriptomic Analysis of the Marine Environment. Abstract.
Teague J, Scott TB, Sharma S, Graham G, Allen MJ (2017). An alternative method to niskin sampling for molecular analysis of the marine environment. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 5(2). Abstract.
Nissimov JI, Pagarete A, Ma F, Cody S, Dunigan DD, Kimmance SA, Allen MJ (2017). Coccolithoviruses: a review of cross‐kingdom genomic thievery and metabolic thuggery. Viruses, 9(3). Abstract.
Cagney N, Zhang T, Bransgrove R, Allen MJ, Balabani S (2017). Effects of cell motility and morphology on the rheology of algae suspensions. Journal of Applied Phycology, 29(3), 1145-1157. Abstract.
Beacham TA, Sweet JB, Allen MJ (2017). Large scale cultivation of genetically modified microalgae: a new era for environmental risk assessment. Algal Research, 25, 90-100. Abstract.
Weynberg KD, Allen MJ, Wilson WH (2017). Marine prasinoviruses and their tiny plankton hosts: a review. Viruses, 9(3). Abstract.
Coma M, Martinez-Hernandez E, Abeln F, Raikova S, Donnelly J, Arnot TC, Allen MJ, Hong DD, Chuck CJ (2017). Organic waste as a sustainable feedstock for platform chemicals. Faraday Discussions, 202, 175-195. Abstract.
Raikova S, Le CD, Beacham TA, Jenkins RW, Allen MJ, Chuck CJ (2017). Towards a marine biorefinery through the hydrothermal liquefaction of macroalgae native to the United Kingdom. Biomass and Bioenergy, 107, 244-253. Abstract.
Raikova S, Smith-Baedorf H, Bransgrove R, Barlow O, Santomauro F, Wagner JL, Allen MJ, Bryan CG, Sapsford D, Chuck CJ, et al (2016). Assessing hydrothermal liquefaction for the production of bio-oil and enhanced metal recovery from microalgae cultivated on acid mine drainage. Fuel Processing Technology, 142, 219-227. Abstract.
Wang H, Butt L, Rooks P, Khan F, Allen MJ, Ali ST (2016). Characterisation of algicidal bacterial exometabolites against the lipid-accumulating diatom Skeletonema sp. Algal Research, 13, 1-6. Abstract.
Wagner J, Bransgrove R, Beacham TA, Allen MJ, Meixner K, Drosg B, Ting VP, Chuck CJ (2016). Co-production of bio-oil and propylene through the hydrothermal liquefaction of polyhydroxybutyrate producing cyanobacteria. Bioresource Technology, 207, 166-174. Abstract.
Nissimov JI, Napier JA, Allen MJ, Kimmance SA (2016). Intragenus competition between coccolithoviruses: an insight on how a select few can come to dominate many. Environmental Microbiology, 18(1), 133-145. Abstract.
Thomas SF, Rooks P, Rudin F, Cagney N, Balabani S, Atkinson S, Goddard P, Bransgrove RM, Mason PT, Allen MJ, et al (2015). Swirl flow bioreactor containing dendritic copper-containing alginate beads: a potential rapid method for the eradication of Escherichia coli from waste water streams. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 5, 6-14. Abstract.
Atkinson S, Thomas SF, Goddard P, Bransgrove RM, Mason PT, Oak A, Bansode A, Patankar R, Gleason ZD, Sim MK, et al (2015). Swirl flow bioreactor coupled with Cu-alginate beads: a system for the eradication of Coliform and Escherichia coli from biological effluents. Scientific Reports, 5 Abstract.
Hamilton ML, Warwick J, Terry A, Allen MJ, Napier JA, Sayanova O (2015). Towards the industrial production of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids from a genetically modified diatom phaeodactylum tricornutum. PLoS ONE, 10(12). Abstract.
Thomas SF, Rooks P, Rudin F, Atkinson S, Goddard P, Bransgrove RM, Mason PT, Allen MJ (2014). A comparison between ultraviolet disinfection and copper alginate beads within a vortex bioreactor for the deactivation of bacteria in simulated waste streams with high levels of colour, humic acid and suspended solids. PLoS One, 9(12). Abstract.  Author URL.
Allen MJ (2014). Algal blooms and viruses. Microbiology Today, 41(4), 162-165. Abstract.
Pagarete A, Kusonmano K, Petersen K, Kimmance SA, Martínez Martínez J, Wilson WH, Hehemann JH, Allen MJ, Sandaa RA (2014). Dip in the gene pool: Metagenomic survey of natural coccolithovirus communities. Virology, 466-467, 129-137. Abstract.
Jensen CN, Ali ST, Allen MJ, Grogan G (2014). Exploring nicotinamide cofactor promiscuity in NAD(P)H-dependent flavin containing monooxygenases (FMOs) using natural variation within the phosphate binding loop. Structure and activity of FMOs from Cellvibrio sp. BR and Pseudomonas stutzeri NF13. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 109, 191-198. Abstract.
Nissimov JI, Napier JA, Kimmance SA, Allen MJ (2014). Permanent draft genomes of four new coccolithoviruses: EhV-18, EhV-145, EhV-156 and EhV-164. Marine Genomics, 15, 7-8. Abstract.
Sivri N, Allen MJ, Jones M, Akbulut V (2014). Potential public health significance of faecal contamination in South-Western Coastal Area in Istanbul, Turkey. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology, 8(5), 3789-3796. Abstract.
Kimmance SA, Allen MJ, Pagarete A, Martínez J, Wilson WH (2014). Reduction in photosystem 2 efficiency during a virus-Controlled Emiliania huxleyi bloom. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 495, 65-76. Abstract.
Thomas SF, Rooks P, Rudin F, Atkinson S, Goddard P, Bransgrove R, Mason PT, Allen MJ (2014). The bactericidal effect of dendritic copper microparticles, contained in an alginate matrix, on Escherichia coli. PLoS One, 9(5). Abstract.  Author URL.
Reid EL, Weynberg KD, Love J, Isupov MN, Littlechild JA, Wilson WH, Kelly SL, Lamb DC, Allen MJ (2013). Functional and structural characterisation of a viral cytochrome b5. FEBS Lett, 587(22), 3633-3639. Abstract.  Author URL.
Nissimov JI, Jones M, Napier JA, Munn CB, Kimmance SA, Allen MJ (2013). Functional inferences of environmental coccolithovirus biodiversity. Virologica Sinica, 28(5), 291-302. Abstract.
Jensen CN, Ali ST, Allen MJ, Grogan G (2013). Mutations of an NAD(P)H-dependent flavoprotein monooxygenase that influence cofactor promiscuity and enantioselectivity. FEBS Open Bio, 3, 473-478. Abstract.
Jensen CN, Cartwright J, Ward J, Hart S, Turkenburg JP, Ali ST, Allen MJ, Grogan G (2012). A Flavoprotein Monooxygenase that Catalyses a Baeyer-Villiger Reaction and Thioether Oxidation Using NADH as the Nicotinamide Cofactor. ChemBioChem, 13(6), 872-878. Abstract.
Nissimov JI, Worthy CA, Rooks P, Napier JA, Kimmance SA, Henn MR, Ogata H, Allen MJ (2012). Draft genome sequence of four coccolithoviruses: Emiliania huxleyi virus EhV-88, EhV-201, EhV-207, and EhV-208. Journal of Virology, 86(5), 2896-2897. Abstract.
Nissimov JI, Worthy CA, Rooks P, Napier JA, Kimmance SA, Henn MR, Ogata H, Allen MJ (2012). Draft genome sequence of the coccolithovirus Emiliania huxleyi virus 202. Journal of Virology, 86(4), 2380-2381. Abstract.
Allen MJ, Tait K, Mühling M, Weynberg K, Bradley C, Trivedi U, Gharbi K, Nissimov J, Mavromatis K, Jensen CN, et al (2012). Genome sequence of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia PML168, which displays baeyer-villiger monooxygenase activity. Journal of Bacteriology, 194(17), 4753-4754. Abstract.
Pagarete A, Lanzén A, Puntervoll P, Sandaa RA, Larsen A, Larsen JB, Allen MJ, Bratbak G (2012). Genomic sequence and analysis of EhV-99B1, a new coccolithovirus from the Norwegian fjords. Intervirology, 56(1), 60-66. Abstract.
Allen MJ, Lanzén A, Bratbak G (2011). Characterisation of the coccolithovirus intein. Marine Genomics, 4(1), 1-7. Abstract.
Reid EL, Worthy CA, Probert I, Ali ST, Love J, Napier J, Littlechild JA, Somerfield PJ, Allen MJ (2011). Coccolithophores: functional biodiversity, enzymes and bioprospecting. Mar Drugs, 9(4), 586-602. Abstract.  Author URL.
Nissimov JI, Worthy CA, Rooks P, Napier JA, Kimmance SA, Henn MR, Ogata H, Allen MJ (2011). Draft genome sequence of the coccolithovirus EhV-84. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 5(1), 1-11. Abstract.
Nissimov JI, Worthy CA, Rooks P, Napier JA, Kimmance SA, Henn MR, Ogata H, Allen MJ (2011). Draft genome sequence of the coccolithovirus Emiliania huxleyi virus 203. Journal of Virology, 85(24), 13468-13469. Abstract.
Weynberg KD, Allen MJ, Gilg IC, Scanlan DJ, Wilson WH (2011). Genome sequence of Ostreococcus tauri virus OtV-2 throws light on the role of picoeukaryote niche separation in the ocean. Journal of Virology, 85(9), 4520-4529. Abstract.
Sayanova O, Haslam RP, Calerón MV, López NR, Worthy C, Rooks P, Allen MJ, Napier JA (2011). Identification and functional characterisation of genes encoding the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid biosynthetic pathway from the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi. Phytochemistry, 72(7), 594-600. Abstract.
Temperton B, Thomas S, Tait K, Parry H, Emery M, Allen M, Quinn J, Macgrath J, Gilbert J (2011). Permanent draft genome sequence of Vibrio tubiashii strain NCIMB 1337 (ATCC19106). Standards in Genomic Sciences, 4(2), 183-190. Abstract.
Allen M, Pagarete A (2011). Silent killers - the biochemistry of the undead. Biochemist, 33(3), 10-13. Abstract.
Pagarete A, Le Corguillé G, Tiwari B, Ogata H, de Vargas C, Wilson WH, Allen MJ (2011). Unveiling the transcriptional features associated with coccolithovirus infection of natural Emiliania huxleyi blooms. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 78(3), 555-564. Abstract.
Allen M, Wilson W (2010). Survival of the fattest. Planet Earth(SPRING), 14-15. Abstract.
Kegel JU, Blaxter M, Allen MJ, Metfies K, Wilson WH, Valentin K (2010). Transcriptional host-virus interaction of Emiliania huxleyi (Haptophyceae) and EhV-86 deduced from combined analysis of expressed sequence tags and microarrays. European Journal of Phycology, 45(1), 1-12. Abstract.
Weynberg KD, Allen MJ, Ashelford K, Scanlan DJ, Wilson WH (2009). From small hosts come big viruses: the complete genome of a second Ostreococcus tauri virus, OtV-1. Environmental Microbiology, 11(11), 2821-2839. Abstract.
Monier A, Pagarete A, De Vargas C, Allen MJ, Read B, Claverie JM, Ogata H (2009). Horizontal gene transfer of an entire metabolic pathway between a eukaryotic alga and its DNA virus. Genome Research, 19(8), 1441-1449. Abstract.
Pagarete A, Allen MJ, Wilson WH, Kimmance SA, De Vargas C (2009). Host-virus shift of the sphingolipid pathway along an Emiliania huxleyi bloom: Survival of the fattest. Environmental Microbiology, 11(11), 2840-2848. Abstract.
Allen MJ, Jaspars M (2009). Realizing the potential of marine biotechnology: CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES. Industrial Biotechnology, 5(2), 77-83.
Allen MJ, Wilson WH (2008). Aquatic virus diversity accessed through omic techniques: a route map to function. Current Opinion in Microbiology, 11(3), 226-232. Abstract.
Allen MJ, Howard JA, Lilley KS, Wilson WH (2008). Proteomic analysis of the EhV-86 virion. Proteome Science, 6 Abstract.
Frada M, Probert I, Allen MJ, Wilson WH, De Vargas C (2008). The "Cheshire Cat" escape strategy of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi in response to viral infection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 105(41), 15944-15949. Abstract.
Field D, Garrity G, Gray T, Morrison N, Selengut J, Sterk P, Tatusova T, Thomson N, Allen MJ, Angiuoli SV, et al (2008). The minimum information about a genome sequence (MIGS) specification. NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY, 26(5), 541-547.  Author URL.
Kegel J, Allen MJ, Metfies K, Wilson WH, Wolf-Gladrow D, Valentin K (2007). Pilot study of an EST approach of the coccolithophorid Emiliania huxleyi during a virus infection. Gene, 406(1-2), 209-216. Abstract.
Allen MJ, Martinez-Martinez J, Schroeder DC, Somerfield PJ, Wilson WH (2007). Use of microarrays to assess viral diversity: from genotype to phenotype. Environmental Microbiology, 9(4), 971-982. Abstract.
Morrison N, Wood AJ, Hancock D, Shah S, Hakes L, Gray T, Tiwari B, Kille P, Cossins A, Hegarty M, et al (2006). Annotation of environmental OMICS data: Application to the transcriptomics domain. OMICS-A JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY, 10(2), 172-178.  Author URL.
Allen MJ, Schroeder DC, Holden MTG, Wilson WH (2006). Evolutionary history of the Coccolithoviridae. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 23(1), 86-92. Abstract.
Han G, Gable K, Yan L, Allen MJ, Wilson WH, Moitra P, Harmon JM, Dunn TM (2006). Expression of a novel marine viral single-chain serine palmitoyltransferase and construction of yeast and mammalian single-chain chimera. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 281(52), 39935-39942. Abstract.
Allen MJ, Schroeder DC, Donkin A, Crawfurd KJ, Wilson WH (2006). Genome comparison of two Coccolithoviruses. Virology Journal, 3 Abstract.
Allen MJ, Forster T, Schroeder DC, Hall M, Roy D, Ghazal P, Wilson WH (2006). Locus-specific gene expression pattern suggests a unique propagation strategy for a giant algal virus. Journal of Virology, 80(15), 7699-7705. Abstract.
Allen M (2006). Long live viruses. NEW SCIENTIST, 192(2572), 73-73.  Author URL.
Allen MJ, Schroeder DC, Wilson WH (2006). Preliminary characterisation of repeat families in the genome of EhV-86, a giant algal virus that infects the marine microalga Emiliania huxleyi. Archives of Virology, 151(3), 525-535. Abstract.
Allen MJ, Wilson WH (2006). The coccolithovirus microarray: an array of uses. Briefings in Functional Genomics and Proteomics, 5(4), 273-279. Abstract.
Allen MJ, White GF, Morby AP (2006). The response of Escherichia coli to exposure to the biocide polyhexamethylene biguanide. Microbiology, 152(4), 989-1000. Abstract.
Wilson WH, Schroeder DC, Allen MJ, Holden MTG, Parkhill J, Barrell BG, Churcher C, Hamlin N, Mungall K, Norbertczak H, et al (2005). Complete genome sequence and lytic phase transcription profile of a Coccolithovirus. Science, 309(5737), 1090-1092. Abstract.
Allen MJ, Morby AP, White GF (2004). Cooperativity in the binding of the cationic biocide polyhexamethylene biguanide to nucleic acids. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 318(2), 397-404. Abstract.


Jackson VLN, Allen MJ, Monier A (2021). VIRUSES OF EUKARYOTIC MICROALGAE. In  (Ed) Studies in Viral Ecology, Wiley, 89-119.
Lizzul AM, Allen MJ (2017). Algal Cultivation Technologies. In  (Ed) , Wiley, 191-211.
Landels A, Cagney N, Bauer L, Beacham TA, Balabani S, Allen MJ (2017). Development of Vortex Bioreactor Technology for Decentralised Water Treatment. In  (Ed) Vortex Structures in Fluid Dynamic Problems, InTech.
Chuck CJ, McManus M, Allen MJ, Singh S (2016). Chapter 2 Feedstocks for Aviation Biofuels. In  (Ed) Biofuels for Aviation, Elsevier, 17-34.
Chuck CJ, McManus M, Allen MJ, Singh S (2016). Feedstocks for Aviation Biofuels. In  (Ed) Biofuels for Aviation, Elsevier, 17-34.
Wilson WH, Allen MJ, Pagarete A (2011). Coccolithovirus. In  (Ed) The Springer Index of Viruses, Springer Nature, 1253-1257.
Allen MJ (2011). The (CO)Evolutionary Ecology of Viruses. In  (Ed) Studies in Viral Ecology: Animal Host Systems, 127-140.
Allen MJ (2011). The (Co)Evolutionary Ecology of Viruses. In  (Ed) Studies in Viral Ecology: Microbial and Botanical Host Systems, 131-144.
Allen MJ, Cossins AR, Hall N, Blaxter M, Burke T, Field D (2011). Use of microarrays to study environmentally relevant organisms: a UK perspective. In  (Ed) Advances in Environmental Research. Volume 13, 465-480. Abstract.
Allen MJ, Cossins AR, Hall N, Blaxter M, Burke T, Field D (2011). Use of microarrays to study environmentally relevant organisms: a UK perspective. In  (Ed) Perspectives in Environmental Research, 187-202. Abstract.
Wilson WH, Allen MJ (2011). Viruses of Eukaryotic Algae. In  (Ed) Studies in Viral Ecology: Microbial and Botanical Host Systems, 189-203.
Carvalho GR, Creer S, Allen MJ, Costa FO, Tsigenopoulos CS, Le Goff-Vitry M, Magoulas A, Medlin L, Metfies K (2010). Genomics in the Discovery and Monitoring of Marine Biodiversity. In  (Ed) Introduction to Marine Genomics, Springer Netherlands, 1-32.
Querellou J, Cadoret J-P, Allen MJ, Collén J (2010). Marine Biotechnology. In  (Ed) Introduction to Marine Genomics, Springer Netherlands, 287-313.
Wilson WH, Allen MJ (2009). Giant viruses and their genomes. In  (Ed) Viral Genomes: Diversity, Properties and Parameters, 145-157. Abstract.


Raikova S, Chuck C, McManus M, Allen M (2018). Hydrothermal liquefaction for marine macroalgal biorefinery.  Author URL.
Zaeuner S, Michaelson LV, Markham JE, Allen MA, Worthy CA, Heinz E, Warnecke D, Napier JA (2012). THE ROLE OF SPHINGOLIPIDS IN VIRUS-INDUCED CELL LYSIS IN EMILIANIA HUXLEYI.  Author URL.
Fischer MG, Allen MJ, Wilson WH, Suttle CA (2010). Giant virus with a remarkable complement of genes infects marine zooplankton. Abstract.

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Research Fellows

  • Amy Pilsbury
  • James Smith

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Elena Karamerou

Postgraduate researchers

  • Holger Buchholz
  • Victoria Jackson
  • Gino Schiano Di Visconte
  • Joanna Warwick-Dugdale
  • Lucy Witherall

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