Allison grew up in the small town of Climax, North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate studies in biology at East Carolina University where her interests in botany and population genetics led to her discovery of the field of plant pathology. After graduating, Allison came to NCSU to pursue her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, focusing on population dynamics of fungi in turfgrass. Her current research is on the causal agent of the dollar spot disease, Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, looking at the practical uses of population genetics on disease management.
BS: East Carolina University