More about the Author Alison Davis

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 The author, Alison Davis, was a student in the Science Communication program at the University of California at Santa Cruz when she wrote this article for Science Notes. In her former life, she was a scientist. Then Alison Dobrenski, she obtained a B.S. in iochemistry from Virginia Tech in 1988. She earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Georgetown University in 1993, after studying leukemia cell maturation for a couple of years and writing a 270-page document about it. In a period of three months, she defended her graduate thesis, got married and moved to the West Coast -- the last being the biggest life-change of the lot. Sporting a new name, Alison Davis then did a post-doctoral fellowship in developmental biology at Stanford University, where she studied a tiny pocket of science called mitochondrial DNA replication. Now she is a full-time writer and mom and loves each minute of it. Her first child, Andrew, was born in July, 1996, enforcing the realization that a full day meant many more hours than it used to. She enjoys cooking, travel, camping and a good laugh. Alison's work has been published in Popular Science, the Palo Alto Weekly, and several Stanford University publications, including The Stanford Daily, Stanford Report, and Stanford Medicine.  A PHOTO OF ALISON AND ANDREW.

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