Alison Watkins joined the Research Integrity Office in 2006. She manages conflict of interest matters in research, oversees the annual reporting system for CoI disclosures, and assists with the handling of allegations of research misconduct. As a research compliance officer in this office, she co-authored a newsletter on Data Safety for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity. Before joining the Research Integrity Office, she was a member of a research team in UMB’s Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology. Her research focused on gap junction proteins in inhibitory neurons of the barrel neocotex and she published in Somatosensory & Motor Research, co-authored scientific abstracts and was acknowledged for outstanding technical expertise in an article published in the Journal of Neuroscience. After her research years at UMB, Alison graduated from law school, and completed an internship at the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland, and is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
Alison obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stevenson University, a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctor degree and Health Law Certificate from the University of Maryland, School of Law.