Alison Li is an historian of science and medicine. The author of the biography J. B. Collip and the Development of Medical Research in Canada, she has lectured at universities as well as to the public, presented papers at numerous conferences and appeared in a television documentary about the discovery of insulin. She holds a BSc in biochemistry from McGill University and an MA and a PhD in the history and philosophy of science and technology from the University of Toronto, and completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously an assistant professor of science and technology studies at York University in Toronto, she now writes full-time. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.