Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
Alison F. Davis, Ph.D.
Science Writer (Contractor)
Alison F. Davis, Ph.D., began working with ORWH in 2013. She is a freelance science and science-policy writer. Dr. Davis consults with ORWH Director Dr. Janine Clayton on various tasks related to writing and messaging about research on women’s health and sex and gender influences on health and disease.
She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and her Ph.D. in pharmacology from Georgetown University. While finishing postdoctoral research at Stanford University in the mid-1990s, Dr. Davis discovered that she could feed her dual passion for science and words by communicating science to nonscientists. She completed the Science Communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and began her writing career at The Stanford Daily, The Palo Alto Weekly, the Stanford Medical Center News Bureau, and NASA’s Ames Research Center, where she worked with the Lunar Prospector moon mission.
Since 1998, Dr. Davis has continued to write on a freelance basis for the NIH, including for the Office of the Director, and several institutes and centers, and as a speechwriter and scientific writer for senior scientists and physicians within and beyond the NIH.
Alison is author of a biography of Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, the first woman to direct an NIH institute, the National Institute of General Medicine Sciences, and a former NIH deputy director and NIH acting director. The biography was published in 2011. Alison has also written patient-targeted materials for the Lymphoma Research Foundation, basic science humor for the Darwin Awards series of books, and a synopsis of the promise and perils of synthetic biology for the Presidential Commission on Bioethical Issues.