Dr. Lisa Zeigler Allen is an Assistant Professor in the Microbial and Environmental Genomics Department at the J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla California. Her research focuses on understanding microbial and viral interactions through large-scale meta- genomic and -transcriptomic, single cell/virion genomic and cultivation based approaches.

Her work at Axial will involve the genomic characterization of wild viruses present in diffuse flow hydrothermal fluids. Through community level analyses of the microbial and viral consortia and culture-based virus/host dynamics, she is investigating the influence of viruses on host function, ecosystem performance, community-level diversity, and the evolution of hosts.