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|Alison hails from Seattle
where she attended the University of Washington, attaining a
BS in Biochemistry. As an undergraduate she worked in the
laboratory of Wim Hol, crystallizing components of the type
II secretion system for structure-based drug design.
However, she often found herself distractedly reading about
disease pathogenesis related to the type II secretion system
instead of structural biology and decided to a seek lab
technician position in host-pathogen research. She spent two
years as a lab technician in Deborah Dean's laboratory at
UCSF Children's Hospital Oakland conducting Chlamydia
trachomatis vaccine research. In 2015, she joined the
UCSD Biomedical Sciences PhD program.
Alison is a joint graduate student co-advised by Victor Nizet and Rob Knight. Her research broadly focuses on integrating the study of host-pathogen interactions with microbiome data to investigate how pathogens perturb the stability of microbial communities.