Allyson Sgro

Allyson Sgro

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

PhD, MS, Chemistry, University of Washington
BA, Chemistry and Pre-Medical Studies, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Kilachand Center, Room 505B


Sgro and her laboratory team are creating new methods to observe and control cellular behaviors with the goal of developing a predictive understanding of how the signals inside and among cells shape group activity. Complex group behaviors—from biofilm formation to wound healing, tissue assembly, or cell development—are determined by communication between individual cells. In the past, technological challenges have prevented us from connecting the microscale signaling events inside and between individual cells with the population-wide changes they cause. By identifying how cells communicate to work together in different organisms and contexts, Sgro believes she can design new tools to control this communication and reprogram cell behavior to engineer new functions and optimize human health. Sgro is the recipient of a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface for extraordinary early-career interdisciplinary scientists furthering biomedical research.

Research Interests:

systems biology, quantitative biology, biophysics, collective behavior, cell signaling, tissue engineering, fluorescence microscopy, microfluidics, methods development


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