Allison Mills

Allison Mills


  • 906-487-2343
  • Cell: 906-231-4271
  • Administration Building G21
  • Associate Director of Research Communications, University Marketing and Communications


A through and through geek, Allison writes university research stories. She studied geoscience as an undergrad at Northland College before getting a master's in environmental science and natural resource journalism at the University of Montana. She moonlights as a dance instructor, radio fiend, and occasional rock licker.

Links of Interest

Her Beats

  • Sciences, Engineering and Technology
  • School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

About Allison

  • She focuses on writing new stories about Michigan Tech research -- everything from robotic prostheses to mesocosms to the physics of raindrops.
  • A University of Montana graduate, she earned a master's degree in environmental science and natural resource journalism, which built on her bachelor's in geoscience from Northland College.
  • She's a radio geek.

Recent Stories

Protein Shapes Matter in Alzheimer's Research

Fluorescent images show concentrations of tau protein aggregates in soma of neuronal       cells that can cause neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. On amyloid beta       peptides, chemical modification at lysine 16 can promote these aggregates. Credit:       Ashutosh Tiwari/Michigan Tech

Proteins do not misbehave and misfold out of the blue. There is a delicate ecosystem of biochemical interactions and environments that usually let them twist, unfold, refold and do their jobs as they’re meant to. About the Researcher . . . Read More

Prismatic Primer: MTU Photonics and Optics Harness the Light

Looking through the lens of photonics and optics is an inherently interdisciplinary       adventure.

Through studying the behavior and uses of light particles, photonics and optics focus on the movement of photons. Photonics looks at fundamental questions and creates the tools that are applied in optics. Researchers in both fields study how light scatters, illuminates, refocuses and transcends the everyday workings of our eyes, screens, . . . Read More

Michigan Tech Opens COVID-19 Testing Lab

Michigan Tech has partnered with regional hospitals to coordinate receiving and testing       patient samples on campus.

With delays in testing across the nation, rural and remote regions like Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have been hard pressed to get enough tests for patients. But there is hope. Michigan Tech has partnered with local hospitals to begin receiving and testing patient samples on campus to save . . . Read More