Alison writes about science, digging for the unexpected and enlightening. A banana slug graduate of 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 the seriously inquisitive and delightfully punny life sciences magazine, The Scientist, she’s a freewheeling freelancer. She also part-time manages a peer-coaching center for writing, speaking, and visual communication at MIT. In her spare time, she’s trying to convince a skittish foster bunny that she’s a small, nonthreatening, and gentle human. She’s based in Cambridge, MA.