Allison Coe

Research Lab Operations Manager 
Civil and Environmental Engineering

MIT 48-411
15 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: (617) 324-0014
Email: a_coe at


2000  B.S. Marine Biology, Roger Williams University


Kearney, S. M. , Coe, A. , Castro, K. G. , & Chisholm, S. W. . (2022). 
Filter Plating Method for Rendering Picocyanobacteria Cultures Free of Heterotrophic Bacterial Contaminants and Clonal
Frontiers in Microbiology, 13. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2022.821803

Acker, M. , Hogle, S. L. , Berube, P. M. , Hackl, T. , Coe, A. , Stepanauskas, R. , et al. (2022). 
Phosphonate production by marine microbes: Exploring new sources and potential function

Coe, A., Biller, S., Thomas, E.T., Boulias, K., Bliem, C., Arellano, A., Dooley, K., Rasmussen, A., LeGault, K., O’Keefe, T., Greer, E., Chisholm, S.W.  (2021)
Coping with darkness: The adaptive response of marine picocyanobacteria to repeated light energy deprivation
Limnology and Oceanography. 66, 2021, 3300–3312. doi 10.1002/lno.11880

Kearney, S., Thomas, E., Coe, A., Chisholm, S.W. (2021)
Microbial Diversity of Co-occuring Heterotrophs in Cultures of Marine Picocyanobacteria
Environmental Microbiome. Environmental Microbiome 16, 1.

Sutherland, K.M., Coe, A., Gast, R.B., Plummer, S., Suffridge, C.P., Diaz, J.M., Bowman, J.S., Wankel, S.D., C.M. Hansel. (2019) 
Extracellular Superoxide Production Among Key Microbes in the Global Ocean
Limnol. Oceanogr. 64 (6): 2679-2693. doi 10.1002/lno.11247

Wolf, M. J. , Coe, A. , Dove, L. A. , Zawadowicz, M. A. , Dooley, K. , Biller, S. J. , et al. (2019)
Investigating the Heterogeneous Ice Nucleation of Sea Spray Aerosols Using Prochlorococcus as a Model Source of Marine Organic Matter
Environ Sci Technol53(3), 1139-1149

Berube P.M, S.J. Biller, T. Hackl, S.L. Hogle, B.M. Satinsky, J.W. Becker 1 , R. Braakman, S.B. Collins, L. Kelly, J. Berta-Thompson, A. Coe, D. Lindell, R.Stepanauskas, S.W. Chisholm. (2018)
Single cell genomes of Prochlorococcus, Synechococcus, and sympatric microbes from diverse marine environments 
Scientific Data 5, Article number: 180154

Biller, S., Berube, P., Dooley, K., Williams, M., Satinsky B., Hackl, T., Hogle, S., Coe, A., Bergauer, K., Bouman, H., Browning, T., De Corte, D., Hassler, C., Hulston, D., Jacquot, J., Maas, E., Reinthaler, T., Sintes, E., Yokokawa, T., & Sallie Chisholm (2018)
Marine microbial metagenomes sampled across space and time
Scientific Data 5, Article number: 180176 

Biller, S.J, A. Coe, S.E. Roggensack, S.W. Chisholm. (2018)
Heterotroph interactions alter Prochlorococcus transcriptome dynamics during extended darkness
mSystem 2018 May 29;3(3)

Coe, A.,Ghizzoni, J., LeGault, K., Biller, S., Roggensack, S., and Chisholm, S. W. (2016)
Survival of Prochlorococcus in extended darkness
Limnol. Oceanogr.. doi:10.1002/lno.10302

Biller, S. J. , Coe, A. ,and Chisholm, S. W. (2016)
Torn apart and reunited: Impact of a heterotroph on the transcriptome of Prochlorococcus
ISME Journal. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2016.82

Biller, S. J. , Coe, A. ,Martin-Cuadrado, A., and Chisholm, S. W. (2015)
Draft Genome Sequence of Alteromonas macleodii Strain MIT1002, Isolated from an Enrichment Culture of the Marine Cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus
Genome Announc. 2015 Jul-Aug; 3(4): e00967-15.

N. Kashtan, Roggensack, S. E. , Rodrigue, S. , Thompson, J. W. , Biller, S. J. , Coe, A. , Ding, H. , Marttinen, P. , Malmstrom, R. R. , Stocker, R. , Follows, M. J. , Stepanauskas, R. , and Chisholm, S. W. (2014)
Single-cell genomics reveals hundreds of coexisting subpopulations in wild Prochlorococcus.
, vol. 344, no. 6182, pp. 416-20, 2014.

Osburne, M., B. Holmbeck, A.Coe, S. Chisholm (2011)
The spontaneous mutation frequency in the marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus is commensurate with that of other bacteria
Environmental Microbiology Reports, vol. 3, pp. 744-749, 2011.

Malmstrom, R., A. Coe, G. Kettler, A. Martiny, J. Frias-Lopez, E. Zinser, S. Chisholm (2010)
Temporal dynamics of Prochlorococcus ecotypes in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans 
ISME Journal 1-13: 1751-7362

Osburne, M., B. Holmbeck, J. Frias-Lopez, R. Steen, K. Huang, L. Kelly, A. Coe, K. Waraska, A. Gange, S. Chisholm (2010)
UV hyper-resistance in Prochlorococcus MED4 results from a single base pair deletion just upstream of an operon encoding nudix hydrolase and photolyase
Environmental Microbiology 2010 Mar 23

Moore, L.*, A.Coe*, E. Zinser, M. Saito, M. Sullivan, D. Lindell, K. Frois-Moniz, J. Waterbury, S.W. Chisholm (2007)
Culturing the marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus
Limnology and OceanographyMethods 5: 353-362
* = these authors contributed equally to this paper

Zinser, E.R., Z.I. Johnson, A.Coe, E. Karaca, D. Veneziano, S.W. Chisholm (2007)
Variations in Prochlorococcus ecotype distributions in the Atlantic Ocean: Influence of light and temperature
Limnology and Oceanography 52: 2205-2220.

Z.I. Johnson, E.R. Zinser, A. Coe, N.P. McNulty, E. Malcolm, S. Woodward, and S.W. Chisholm (2006)
Niche partitioning among Prochlorococcus ecotypes along ocean-scale environmental gradients
Science 311(5768): 1737-1740.

Zinser, E.R., A. Coe, Z.I. Johnson, A.C. Martiny, N.J. Fuller, D.J. Scanlan, S.W. Chisholm (2006)
Prochlorococcus ecotype abundances in the North Atlantic Ocean revealed by an improved quantitative PCR method 
Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72(1): 723-732