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 (McGill-Queen's University Press), 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.