Alison Etheridge began graduate work at the University of Oxford as a student in functional analysis, and rapidly became interested in the interface between probability and analysis. She completed her PhD in 1989, and went on to faculty positions at the University of Edinburgh and Queen Mary College London. She returned to Oxford in 2003 and is currently Professor of Probability. Much of her work focuses on infinite dimensional stochastic processes and their applications. Most recently Etheridge's central interest has been a collection of mathematical problems arising in population genetics.