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Regina Allen

Director, Institutional Biosafety Committee Program and Institutional Biosafety Committee Administrator

Regina Allen

Regina Allen joined the Institutional Biosafety Committee Program in 2012. She has over 20 years of experience in cell and molecular biology, specializing in microbial genetics.

She earned her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from the University of Rhode Island with her doctoral research focusing on the role of glycolytic substrates in the initiation and maintenance phases of colonization of the mouse large intestine by E. coli MG1655 and E. coli O157:H7.  Regina’s research experience also included the functional analysis of a Salmonella enterica vaccine developed in the lab. Her research involved the use of recombinant nucleic acid procedures, synthetic nucleic acid molecules, bacterial pathogens, and animals.

Before coming to Virginia Tech, Regina worked in biotech, designing and generating knock-in and knockout mouse models, generating designer vectors, sequencing, and genotyping. During her career in biotech, Regina gained an interest in the regulations governing the use and shipment of biological agents and genetically engineered organisms.

As an administrator, she uses her research background and knowledge of biosafety regulations to guide investigators through the regulatory processes so that they can focus on their research goals.