Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and the College
Allison Squires is broadly interested in understanding the heterogeneous physical properties and behavior of individual biomolecules and nanoparticles. By observing, manipulating, and modeling single molecules moving and interacting at the nanoscale, her research informs development of detailed, bottom-up models of complex biological and solid-state systems. These approaches are useful in a range of scientific contexts, from characterization of cellular signaling pathways to understanding photoadaptation in photosynthetic systems. Her work is also directly applicable to modern engineering challenges, such as alternative energy technologies and precision biomedical diagnostics. She recently developed a novel approach to trap and observe single nanoparticles in free solution, generalizable to unlabeled objects, which will enable study of many previously untenable systems.
Squires earned her PhD in biomedical engineering as a National Science Foundation and Clare Boothe Luce Fellow at Boston University. She also holds a BS in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, and completed postdoctoral training in chemistry at Stanford University.