Alison Hill

Senior Lecturer of Biology

Campus Box: 
(919) 660-7349
My primary focus in the department is instructional. I teach courses for both biology majors and non-majors.  I continue to develop and innovate the Molecular Biology lab curriculum and am involved in efforts to improve instruction by bringing formative assessment into our lectures. My non-majors courses (Genetics, Genomics and Society and Biology of Aging) emphasize scientific literacy for non-majors and introduce foundational principles of genetics and molecular biology while exploring the relevant innovations and accompanying societal issues. My scholarly work focuses on how to help students gain mastery in complex problem solving in biology and how creative assessments can affect student learning outcomes. I am interested in expanding my non-majors courses to an international audience and will teach Genetics, Genomics and Society at Duke in Kunshan in the spring of 2016.


  • PhD, 1988, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Ph.D. 1987, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • B.A. 1978, Antioch College

Papers Published

14-3-3 proteins are part of an ABA/VP1 response complex in the Em promoter and interact with VP1 and EmBP1., 1998
Schultz, T., Medina, J., Hill, A. and Quatrano, R. S., Plant Cell 10: 837-848.. (1998) 10 pp. 837-848.

Chromosome mechanics in yeast, 1986
Bloom, KS; Hill, A; Yeh, E, Bioessays News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. (1986) 4 pp. 100-104

Chromatin conformation of yeast centromeres, 1984
Bloom, KS; Amaya, E; Carbon, J; Clarke, L; Hill, A; Yeh, E, J. Cell Biology. (1984) 99 pp. 1559-1568

The acquisition and processing of dicentric chromosomes in yeast, 1989
Hill, A; Bloom, KS, Molecular and Cellular Biology. (1989) 9 pp. 1368-1370

14-3-3 proteins are part of an abscisic acid-VIVIPAROUS1 (VP1) response complex in the Em promoter and interact with VP1 and EmBP1., 5, 1998
Schultz, TF; Medina, J; Hill, A; Quatrano, RS, The Plant cell. 10 vol. (5); pp. 837-847

A conserved domain of the viviparous-1 gene product enhances the DNA binding activity of the bZIP protein EmBP-1 and other transcription factors, 1996
Hill, A; Nantel, A; Rock, CD; Quatrano, RS, The Journal of biological chemistry. (1996) 271 vol. (7); pp. 3366-3374

The structure of a primitive kinetochore, 0, 1989
Bloom, K; Hill, A; Kenna, M; Saunders, M, Trends in Biochemical Sciences. 14 vol. (6); pp. 223-227

Acquisition and processing of a conditional dicentric chromosome in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, 0, 1989
Hill, A; Bloom, K, Molecular and Cellular Biology. 9 vol. (3); pp. 1368-1370

Conditional dicentric chromosomes in yeast., 0, 1989
Bloom, K; Hill, A; Jones, E, Progress in clinical and biological research. 318 pp. 149-158

Genetic manipulation of centromere function., 1987
Hill, A; Bloom, K, Molecular and Cellular Biology. (1987) 7 vol. (7); pp. 2397-2405

Structural analysis of a yeast centromere., 0, 1986
Bloom, K; Hill, A; Yeh, E, BioEssays. 4 vol. (3); pp. 100-104

Molecular cloning and sequence analysis of a cDNA coding for the mouse alpha-like embryonic globin chain x, 1984
Farace, M-G; Hill, A; Tripodi, M; Padgett, RW; Raschella, G; Gambari, R; Fantoni, A; III, CAH; Edgell, MH, Gene. (1984) 31 vol. (1-3); pp. 241-245

Two mouse early embryonic β-globin gene sequences. Evolution of the nonadult β-globins, 1984
Hill, A; Hardies, SC; Phillips, SJ; Davis, MG; III, CAH; Edgell, MH, The Journal of biological chemistry. (1984) 259 vol. (6); pp. 3739-3747

Book Chapters:

Condtional Dicentric Chromosomes in Yeast. in Aneuploidy: Mechanisms of Origin, 1989
Bloom, K.S., Hill, A. and Jones, E.

Evolution of the Mouse Beta Globin Complex Locus in Evolution of Genes and Proteins, 1983
Edgell, M.H., Hardies, S.C. , Brown, B., Voliva, C., Hill, A. Phillips, S., Comer, M., Burton, F. Weaver, S. and Hutchison, C.A.III

The Beta Globin Locus of the Mouse in Regulation of Hemoglobin Biosynthesis, 1984
Hutchison, C.A. III, Brown, B.A., Davis, M.G., Hardies, S., Hill, A., Padgett, R.W