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Dr. Allen R. Place

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    Professor, Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology (IMET)
    University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)

    Phone: (410) 234-8828 | Email: place@umces.edu | Fax: (410) 234-8896

    Website | IMETBaltimore Harbor WatchmanCurriculum Vitae 

    UMBI Regent’s Award Candidate - Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity - 2005, 2008

    UMBI Regent’s Award Winner for Public Service – 2009. 

    UMCES President’s Award for Excellence in Application of Science in 2012.

    Acting Director, Information Resource Group, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (1991-1993)


    The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (1979)
    Ph.D., Biochemistry
    The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (1973)
    B.A., Earth and Planetary Sciences


    1. Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms that permit organisms to adapt to unique diets, environments, and interactions (symbiosis)
    2. Molecular basis of sex determination


    1. Williams, E.P.; Peer, A.C.; Miller, T.J.; Secor, D.H.; Place, A.R. (2012). A phylogeny of the temperate seabasses (Moronidae) characterized by a translocation of the mt-nd6 gene. Journal Of Fish Biology 80(1), 110-130
    2. Chung, J.S.; Bachvaroff, T.R.; Trant, J.; Place, A. (2012). A second copper zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD) in the blue crab Callinectes sapidus: Cloning and up-regulated expression in the hemocytes after immune challenge. Fish & Shellfish Immunology 32(1), 16-25
    3. Place, A.R.; Bowers, H.A.; Bachvaroff, T.R.; Adolf, J.E.; Deeds, J.R.; Sheng, J. (2012). Karlodinium veneficum-The little dinoflagellate with a big bite. Harmful Algae 14(), 179-195
    4. Chiou, T.H.; Place, A.R.; Caldwell, R.L.; Marshall, N.J.; Cronin, T.W. (2012). A novel function for a carotenoid: astaxanthin used as a polarizer for visual signalling in a mantis shrimp. Journal Of Experimental Biology 215(4), 584-589
    5. Jagus, R.; Bachvaroff, T.R.; Joshi, B.; Place, A.R. (2012). Diversity of Eukaryotic Translational Initiation Factor eIF4E in Protists. Comparative And Functional Genomics (), 21 pp
    6. Sheng, J.; Malkiel, E.; Katz, J.; Adolf, J.E.; Place, A.R. (2010). A dinoflagellate exploits toxins to immobilize prey prior to ingestion. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 107(5), 2082-2087
    7. Van Wagoner, R.M.; Deeds, J.R.; Tatters, A.O.; Place, A.R.; Tomas, C.R.; Wright, J.L.C. (2010). Structure and Relative Potency of Several Karlotoxins from Karlodinium veneficum. JOURNAL OF NATURAL PRODUCTS 73(8), 1360-1365
    8. Mooney, B.D.; Hallegraeff, G.M.; Place, A.R. (2010). Ichthyotoxicity of four species of gymnodinioid dinoflagellates (Kareniaceae, Dinophyta) and purified karlotoxins to larval sheepshead minnow. HARMFUL ALGAE 9(6), 557-562
    9. Waters, A.L.; Hill, R.T.; Place, A.R.; Hamann, M.T. (2010). The expanding role of marine microbes in pharmaceutical development. CURRENT OPINION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY 21(6), 780-786


    Dr. Allen Place received his Ph.D in Biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 1979.  He studies the molecular mechanisms that permit organisms to adapt to unique diets, environments, and interactions (symbiosis).  He has developed plant based diets for cobia and other fish. He has developed sophisticated technologies to identify and monitor distinct populations of blue crabs, monkfish and striped bass using genetic markers.  He identified the dinoflagellate Karlodinium veneficum as the toxin producing organism responsible for fish kills in the Chesapeake Bay.  

    Dr Place has identified the toxin responsible, and works with state agencies to make accurate assessments of algal species and toxins crucial to an understanding of human health risks.  His work on the unusual genomes of dinoflagellates is expanding our understanding of harmful algal blooms and their production of toxins. 

  • NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Lead Institution)
    (410) 651-7870
    Award numbers: FY 2016 Award #NA16SEC4810007 
    Funding Agency: NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI)
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