Allen Taylor, PhD


Professor of Nutrition



BS, Chemistry, City College of New York
PhD, Organic & Biochemistry, Rutgers University
Postdoctoral Training, University of California, Berkeley


Campus: Boston
Office: HNRCA, 6th Floor
Laboratory: HNRCA, 6th Floor

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-556-3156
Lab Phone: 617-556-3156
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Website  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Biochemistry, Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology


Research Synopsis

Our group seeks to determine the primary causes of age related degeneration of the eye retina macula (AMD) and eye lens cataracts, the major blinding diseases of the elderly throughout the world. Virtually all elderly will get cataracts and about 30% will suffer from AMD. We use laboratory tests in human cohorts, animal models, cultured human and other mammalian lens or retina tissues, and lens and retina epithelial cells in culture. Often we seek guidance or corroboration regarding our approaches and findings from human clinical/epidemiological studies. The major research questions seek to define and understand interrelationships between aging, regulation of lens protein metabolism, cytotoxicity, protease function and expression, and nutrition. A primary biochemical focus is identifying ubiquitin-dependent processes which are involved in the removal of photooxidized proteins.


Lab Members

Min Lee Chang, Senior Research Assistant Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Shuhong Jiang, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail
Sheldon Rowan, Scientist III Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Fu Shang, Scientist I Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Naoko Shimada-Minematsu, Postdoctoral Scholar  Send an e-mail
Elizabeth Whitcomb, Scientist III Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

Application for 2015 Admission


The deadline for PhD programs is December 15, 2014.