Alison Hill

Senior Lecturer of Biology

0054 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-1000
(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.


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

  • B.A., Antioch College 1978

Hill, A., and K. S. Bloom. “The acquisition and processing of dicentric chromosomes in yeast.” Molecular and Cellular Biology 9 (2008): 1368–70.

Bloom, K. S., A. Hill, and E. Yeh. “Chromosome mechanics in yeast.” Bioessays News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology 4 (2008): 100–104.

Hill, A., A. Nantel, C. D. Rock, and R. S. Quatrano. “A conserved domain of the viviparous-1 gene product enhances the DNA binding activity of the bZIP protein EmBP-1 and other transcription factors.The Journal of Biological Chemistry 271, no. 7 (February 1996): 3366–74. Full Text

Bloom, K., A. Hill, M. Kenna, and M. Saunders. “The structure of a primitive kinetochore.Trends in Biochemical Sciences 14, no. 6 (June 1989): 223–27. Full Text

Hill, A., and K. Bloom. “Acquisition and processing of a conditional dicentric chromosome in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.Molecular and Cellular Biology 9, no. 3 (March 1989): 1368–70. Full Text

Bloom, K., A. Hill, and E. Jones. “Conditional dicentric chromosomes in yeast.Progress in Clinical and Biological Research 318 (January 1989): 149–58.

Hill, A., and K. Bloom. “Genetic manipulation of centromere function.Molecular and Cellular Biology 7, no. 7 (July 1987): 2397–2405. Full Text

Bloom, K., A. Hill, and E. Yeh. “Structural analysis of a yeast centromere.Bioessays : News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology 4, no. 3 (March 1986): 100–104. Full Text

Bloom, K. S., E. Amaya, J. Carbon, L. Clarke, A. Hill, and E. Yeh. “Chromatin conformation of yeast centromeres.The Journal of Cell Biology 99, no. 5 (November 1984): 1559–68. Full Text