Alison received a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Washington. Originally rostered in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Alison transitioned to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the spring. Alison completed her first lab rotation in Dr. Joel Kralj’s lab in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She completed her second lab rotation in Dr. Tim Whitehead's lab in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Alison completed her third lab rotation in Dr. Karolin Luger's lab in the Department of Biochemistry. For her team rotation, Alison worked with three other IQ Biology students on 'Team Virus' and Dr. Sawyer, Dr. Larremore and Dr. Diamond were their advisors. Alison joined the Whitehead lab in May 2020.