Professor Allen received her B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1993 and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1997 at the University of California Irvine. Her advisors as an undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate were Nobel Laureate F. S. Rowland, D. Blake, J. C. Hemminger, B. J. Finlayson-Pitts, and G. L. Richmond, respectively. As a student and postdoctoral researcher she was awarded several fellowships including Fannie and John Hertz, EPA, an NSF Traineeship, and a NOAA Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Climate and Global Change. At Ohio State Dr. Allen has been recognized for her research accomplishments with a Research Innovation Award from Research Corp. in 2001, an NSF CAREER Award in 2002, a Beckman Young Investigator Award in 2003, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow Award in 2005, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2006, and the 2013 ACS National Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. Currently Dr. Allen specializes in molecular organization at interfaces and is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and in the Department of Pathology.