Alison J. Fisher
  • Alison J. Fisher
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Collins Science Center 302
  • 503-370-6793

Alison J. Fisher


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.S., Western Michigan University

Professional Interests

I'm an environmental biochemist interested in the production of volatile organic compounds by plants.  My lab uses a wide range of experimental techniques (RT-qPCR, classic protein chemistry, gas chromatography, cDNA cloning techniques, and, most recently, confocal microscopy) to understand the biosynthesis, regulation, and biological roles of some of the abundant volatile organic compounds produced by plants.  Current projects include (1) the role of the volatile plant hormone ethylene (ethene) in regulating the timing of flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) and Ipomoea nil 'Violet' (Japanese morning glory) plants, and (2) biosynthesis of isoprene (2-methyl-1,3-butadiene) in Campylopus introflexus (heath star moss).

Personal Interests

Biking, skiing, sustainable living, baking, science outreach, and being a mom to two amazing kiddos



T.N. Rosenstiel,A.J. Fisher, R. Fall, R.K. Monson. "Differential Accumulation of Dimethylallyl Diphosphate in Leaves and Needles of Isoprene- and Methylbutenol-Emitting and Nonemitting Species" Plant Physiology, 129(3) 1276-1284.  (2002)

Waterhouse, H. .B and Fisher, A. J. (2006) The role of ethylene in photoperiodic control of flowering in Pharbitis nil 'Violet (Japanese morning glory). J. Undergrad. Chem. Res. 2006, 121-125.

Fisher, A. J., Grimes, H. D., and Fall, R. (2003) The biochemical origin of pentenol emissions from wounded leaves. Phytochemistry 62, 159-163

Rosenstiel, T. N., Fisher, A. J., Fall, R., and Monson, R. K. (2002) Differential accumulation of dimethylallyl diphosphate in leaves and needles of isoprene-emitting, methylbutenol-emitting, and non-emitting species.  Plant Physiology 129, 1276-1284.

Fisher, A. J., Rosenstiel, T. N., Shirk, M. C., and Fall, R. (2001) Non-radioactive assay for cellular dimethylallyl diphoshpate.  Analytical Biochemistry 292, 272-279.

Fisher, A. J., Baker, B.M., Greenberg, J. P., and Fall, R. (2000) Enzymatic synthesis of methylbutenol from dimethylallyl diphosphate in needles of Pinus sabinianaArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 383, 128-134.

*Holmes (Fisher) A. J., and Vanderwielen, A. J. (1997) Total organic carbon method for aspiring cleaning validation. PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology 51, 149-152.