Allie Stanton is a PhD candidate in the Virology program at Harvard Medical School. During her time in the Sabeti Lab she has developed novel engineered AAV capsids with enhanced tropism for the central nervous system for use as gene therapy vectors. She is broadly interested in viral genetic economy and understanding how nature’s most abundant biological entities hijack the host environment with comparatively few genetic resources.
Allie graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018 with a degree in Biology and Mathematics. While an undergraduate, she conducted research with Jonathan Runstadler on influenza surveillance in gray seals and with Martin Polz on bacteriophages that utilize replicative transposition. She was awarded the Herchel Smith Fellowship upon matriculation at Harvard.
When she is not in the lab, Allie enjoys cooking, painting, cycling, and roleplaying eccentric spellcasters in Dungeons & Dragons.