The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
Allison received her bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astronomy in 2007 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In 2014, she earned her PhD at McGill University in Montreal under the supervision of Tracy Webb, studying the formation and evolution of galaxies in high-redshift galaxy clusters. She then went on as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, and joined the MIT Kavli Institute in 2016 to work with Michael McDonald.
Allison's research is focused on the evolution of cluster galaxies within the context of environment. In particular, she is interested in the star formation and gas content within dynamically distinct cluster sub-populations (virialized versus infalling galaxies), and the formation of massive galaxies residing at the heart of clusters (BCGs). She utilizes many telescopes in her research from optical to submillimeter wavelengths, including Herschel, ALMA, Spitzer, HST, and the JCMT.