Allison M. Dennis, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering

PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology
BS, Rice University

Allison M. Dennis completed her B.S. in Bioengineering and B.A. in German from Rice University in 2002. From 2002-2003, she performed research in the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology at the Universität Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Dennis earned her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009, followed by post-doctoral research in nanomaterials chemistry at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 2013, Dr. Dennis joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Division of Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University, where she is also a member of the Photonics Center and the Nanotechnology Innovation Center (BUNano). Dr. Dennis’ research group uses advanced Quantum Dot chemistries for applications in fluorescent biosensing and biomedical imaging.

Boston University
BU-BMC Cancer Center

Biodegradable and Biocompatible Semiconductor Nanoparticles for Deep Tissue Imaging
04/01/2020 - 03/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Deep tissue photoacoustic imaging with degradable inorganic nanoparticles (Scialog-Dennis)
08/01/2021 - 12/31/2022 (PI)
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Multiplexed Imaging in the Near Infrared with Indium Phosphide Quantum Shells
07/01/2019 - 07/31/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences

In Vivo Mapping of Enzyme Activity using SWIR-emitting, Self-illuminating Quantum Dot Sensors
04/01/2022 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering

Clare Booth Luce Fellowship - Margaret Chern
09/01/2015 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.


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  1. Zhong X, Patel A, Sun Y, Saeboe AM, Dennis AM. Multiplexed Short-wave Infrared Imaging Highlights Anatomical Structures in Mice. bioRxiv. 2024 Jan 30. PMID: 38352582; PMCID: PMC10862713; DOI: 10.1101/2024.01.29.577849;
  2. Sun Y, Zhong X, Dennis AM. Minimizing near-infrared autofluorescence in preclinical imaging with diet and wavelength selection. J Biomed Opt. 2023 Sep; 28(9):094805. PMID: 37035712; PMCID: PMC10075996; DOI: 10.1117/1.JBO.28.9.094805;
  3. Kuszynski JE, Kays JC, Conti CR, McGill SA, Dennis AM, Strouse GF. Effective Mass for Holes in Paramagnetic, Plasmonic Cu5FeS4 Semiconductor Nanocrystals. J Phys Chem C Nanomater Interfaces. 2022 Aug 04; 126(30):12669-12679. PMID: 37560086; PMCID: PMC10410696; DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.2c03459;
  4. Grazon C, Chern M, Lally P, Baer RC, Fan A, Lecommandoux S, Klapperich C, Dennis AM, Galagan JE, Grinstaff MW. The quantum dot vs. organic dye conundrum for ratiometric FRET-based biosensors: which one would you chose? Chem Sci. 2022 Jun 07; 13(22):6715-6731.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35756504; PMCID: PMC9172442; DOI: 10.1039/d1sc06921g;
  5. An X, Kays JC, Lightcap IV, Ouyang T, Dennis AM, Reinhard BM. Wavelength-Dependent Bifunctional Plasmonic Photocatalysis in Au/Chalcopyrite Hybrid Nanostructures. ACS Nano. 2022 Apr 26; 16(4):6813-6824. PMID: 35349253; PMCID: PMC9676104; DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.2c01706;
  6. Rendos A, Cao W, Chern M, Lauricella M, Succi S, Werner JG, Dennis AM, Brown KA. Electric field induced macroscopic cellular phase of nanoparticles. Soft Matter. 2022 Mar 09; 18(10):1991-1996. PMID: 35080230
  7. Toufanian R, Zhong X, Kays JC, Saeboe AM, Dennis AM. Correlating ZnSe Quantum Dot Absorption with Particle Size and Concentration. Chem Mater. 2021 Sep 28; 33(18):7527-7536. PMID: 35221489; PMCID: PMC8872037; DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c02501;
  8. Kays JC, Conti CR, Margaronis A, Kuszynski JE, Strouse GF, Dennis AM. Controlled Synthesis and Exploration of CuxFeS4 Bornite Nanocrystals. Chem Mater. 2021 Sep 28; 33(18):7408-7416. PMID: 35221488; PMCID: PMC8872038; DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c02029;
  9. Saeboe AM, Nikiforov AY, Toufanian R, Kays JC, Chern M, Casas JP, Han K, Piryatinski A, Jones D, Dennis AM. Extending the Near-Infrared Emission Range of Indium Phosphide Quantum Dots for Multiplexed In Vivo Imaging. Nano Lett. 2021 04 14; 21(7):3271-3279.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33755481; PMCID: PMC8243857; DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c00600;
  10. Toufanian R, Chern M, Kong VH, Dennis AM. Engineering Brightness Matched Indium Phosphide Quantum Dots. Chem Mater. 2021 Mar 23; 33(6):1964-1975. PMID: 34219920; PMCID: PMC8243842; DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c03181;
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