Alison graduated from Bath University with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology in 1989. She then went to work in Berlin at the Institute Fur Genbiologishe Forschung on a project to establish a gene tagging system in Arabidopsis using the maize transposon Ac. In 1993 she moved to Barcelona to work at the Centro de Investigation y Desarrollo as a research technician looking at the expression of late embryogenesis genes in maize. In 1996 she returned to the UK to work as a senior research technician at Horticulture Research International at Wellesbourne on a research program manipulating the ABA pathway in tomato by over expressing/knocking out key genes. Since 2005 Alison has been working in Life Sciences at Warwick University on a variety of projects. These included research to enable the manipulation of flowering and development of a screen to detect the end of juvenility in Antirrhinum and brassicas, characterising resistance to Xanthomonas campestris in Brassica rapa by screening PCR based molecular markers more recently looking at the occurrence of Fusarium pathogens in a range of crops. She has been involved in developing QPCR methods to identify, detect and quantify levels of pathogen in soil. Alison joined Micropathology's virology team as a full-time postgraduate scientist in May 2021.