My name is Alison and I am from Minnesota. I am 26 years old and I currently live in San Francisco where I am pursuing my PhD in cell biology at UCSF. I am an enthusiastic scientist and I love talking to anyone and everyone about fun science topics! One of my favorite things to do in San Francisco and cities that I visit is to try new restaurants. I also enjoy cooking recipes from blogs (my favorite right now is smitten kitchen). I lead a pretty active lifestyle in San Francisco, frequently making time for biking, hiking, and running. I just took up tennis!