School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Ben Allen

Senior Research Associate



I joined the School of Civil Engineering and GeoSciences in 2016 as part of the NUFEB project ( in the role of senior Research Associate. Prior to this I gained experience across the university  in research support and system administration and roles. And prior to that, I completed my PhD right here at Newcastle.


PhD Newcastle : Chemistry (2008) - Exploring Rapid Nuclear Motion in Molecular Dyads

MSc Newcastle : Physical Chemistry (2003)

BSc (hons) Newcastle: Chemistry (2002)


My research on the NUFEB project involves investigating the mechanisms involved in microbial community assembly. In particular I'm interested in the factors affecting the diversity and stability of microbial systems. The cross-disciplinary nature of the NUFEB project allows us to examine these factors through both experimental methods and computational simulation.