Allyson Ray is a PhD student in Molecular Cellular and Integrative Biosciences at Pennsylvania State University. She is studying the interaction and co-evolution of organisms, specifically honey bee and disease causing agents like viruses and parasites.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?Night Owl
2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?Pro-pun
3 Do you have any pets?Yes – two cats (Meowy Pawpins – my old, blind tabby; Briggs – my naughty tuxedo boy) and a puppy (Skully, named after Special Agent Dana Scully of X-Files)
4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?Bee art and animal bones
5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?Cooking
6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?Savory
7 Do you speak any other languages?I guess whatever I can remember from High School Spanish Class, and trying to learn a little bit of ASL
8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?Join a farming commune
9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?Honestly, as long as it has an established cell culture, I could be convinced to switch
10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?Somewhere in the Mediterranean but we are in a PANDEMIC
11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?Time travel, but only as an observer (can’t change anything)
12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?Any books by Mary Roach
13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?Be outside with good friends and good food
14 What are three things you can’t live without?Laptop, pizza stone, scented candles
15 What beverage gives you life?Coffee, naturally
16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?Catch 22
17 What did you want to be when you grew up?Egyptologist
18 What drives you and keeps you going?Paying forward what I’ve been given, and making a better future for others
19 What got you excited in science?Doing anything hands on
20 What excites you about science now?Seeing folks speak out and actively work toward dismantling discriminatory and exclusionary systems and practices
21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?I have no shame in this, but as a vegetarian I should probably be guilty about my love for shrimp cocktail
22 What is a secret talent of yours?Concert percussion
23 What is your favorite game?Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild
24 What is the last book you read?Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?Do no harm – Take no sh*t
26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?A podcast
27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?Trust your gut!
28 What is the best way to de-stress?Re-playing/-watching/-reading anything you’ve already done before, but know you will enjoy it
29 What is the last thing you watched?Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 13
30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?Live bees (a frequent occurrence, frankly)
31 What is your favorite animal?My cat Briggs
32 What is your favorite book?Evolutionary Parasitology by Paul Schmid-Hempel
33 What is your favorite comfort food?Pizza
34 What is your favorite day of the year?Halloween
35 What is your favorite plant?Tomato plant
36 What is your favorite science fact?Prions, generally
37 What is your favorite season?Fall
38 What is your favorite smell?Dinner
39 What is your favorite sound?The sound of catching an apple
40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?Fiercely loyal to my friends and family
41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?“Hmmmm…”
42 What is your proudest moment?Watching people I’ve trained or work with go off to do great things on their own
43 What kind of tree would you be?Birch tree (All tree – All shade)
44 What’s the best thing about where you live?My friends
45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.If you see me with headphones while I’m working, its not music or podcasts or white noise, I’m listening to video game walkthroughs from point-and-click adventure games from the early 2000’s
46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?Nicole Hackenbrack (Twitter : @HackenScience)