Alison F. Davis, Ph.D.

I have been a freelance writer since 2001 with a range of clients including senior scientists and physicians at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and leading research institutions. I have worked closely on communications and messaging for many high-profile projects led by NIH including peer review, scientific workforce diversity, neuroscience and neuroethics, the opioid crisis, and many others, and I wrote “Always There,” a biography of NIH legend Dr. Ruth Kirschstein. I have also written patient-targeted materials, science humor, and a range of science educational materials.

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I earned a B.S. in biochemistry from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Georgetown University, did postdoctoral research in developmental biology at Stanford University, then completed the Science Communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I live with my husband on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where I enjoy playing the piano, running, and sailing the Chesapeake with our dogs and two adult sons when they’re in town.


A heartfelt thanks and hearing how I've helped my clients is always the best news I get. Here's what people say.

"Your understanding of the science is matched to an ability to describe it clearly, a pairing that is very rare. You are as good as there is in what you do."

"WOW! I never could have put together something so eloquent. Thank you."

"With all the reading I do about science and medicine, I had never seen that information set forth so clearly and dramatically."

"WOW! Super amazing and so helpful."

"Seriously, how do you do it?  Taking other's words and thoughts and turning them inside out and making something more readable and understandable."

"It has been a real pleasure working with you, Alison! I learned a lot and truly appreciate your expertise and contributions."

"It is remarkable that you could edit this to the product that you generated. I am always in your debt."

"Having your help was truly invaluable to our efforts and we cannot thank you enough for your willingness to match our last-minute schedule."

"Wow! So fast - you are amazing."

"If I had to disagree with a writer, Alison would be the one, because my worst days with her are always better than my best days with 90% of the people with whom I work ... THAT says a great deal."

"I would never have imagined that I could be so fortunate to find a scientist writer with whom I could have such a wonderful rapport and meeting of the minds."

"You have a unique talent for capturing in clear, direct prose the center of gravity of a key development in medical science.