Ray Allen


I am gay and I am a developmental biologist.//


Boozhoo! I am an Indigenous American scientist who grew up on my tribe’s reservation in what is currently called Wisconsin, and I am a PhD candidate in the Duke Biology Department. During my undergrad career at Ripon College I studied zebrafish and C. elegans development. I currently study early embryo development and cell reprogramming in the sea urchin, and I am minoring in Science & Society where I focus on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism in science. Throughout my scientific career, I’ve been interested in understanding the intersections of science, cultures, and policy through a Queer Indigenous lens. I’m a firm advocate and practitioner of interdisciplinary research that acknowledges that impact of settle-colonialism, and actively decolonizes its practices. Feel free to follow me on social media to see my posts on science art, outreach, Native issues, and LGBTQIA+ topics!