Shannon Allen

Mentor: Dr. Barbara Smith
Public Health and Health Professions
"I got involved with research because I wanted to learn the more about the technical aspects of the medical field while also contributing to a great cause. Dr. Smith and her research team are extremely passionate about understanding every aspect of Pompe Disease and for that reason I was instantly inspired to join her project."


Health Science



Research Interests

  • Pompe Disease
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Physical Therapy

Academic Awards

  • NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete 2012-2013
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Freshmen Leadership Council
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honors Society
  • Student Advisory Council for Undergraduate Affairs


  • Ronald McDonald House Youth Volunteer Program Sponsor
  • Shands Volunteer

Hobbies and Interests

  • Running/Working Out
  • CNA at UF Health's Oak Hammock and Shands
  • Game of Thrones
  • My dog, Rudy!

Research Description

Dynamic Respiratory Muscle Function in Late-Onset Pompe Disease
Pompe disease is an inherited disorder caused by a genetic mutation encoding the enzyme acid α-glucosidase, which is necessary to degrade lysosomal glycogen. The clinical features of Pompe Disease include proximal muscle weakness, ventilatory insufficiency, and respiratory complications that can significantly shorten life expectancy. The overall objective of this research project is to comprehensively evaluate the value of dynamic respiratory motor performance as a measure of function in adults with late-onset Pompe disease. In order to achieve this objective, we will evaluate respiratory volume, flow, and timing parameters during resting and loaded breathing.