Alison writes about science, digging for the unexpected and enlightening. A current banana slug in the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program, she earned a doctorate in microbiology at MIT in 2015, and holds a bachelor’s in biochemistry and cell biology from Rice University. After a stint writing for seriously inquisitive and delightfully punny life sciences magazine, The Scientist, she’s freelancing. In her free time, she’s trying to convince bumblebees her porch is nectar central. She’s based in Cambridge, MA.