Alison Rodger is recognised for her invention of four techniques that use polarised light to reveal the structures of complex biological molecules. She has also refined several existing techniques and developed new methods to extract extra information about biomolecules. These approaches are used in several fields of chemistry, but are particularly valuable in the development of biopharmaceuticals. She has successfully commercialised her inventions, which are now widely used by major companies and have significantly changed the biopharmaceutical research and development process. She is also recognised for international leadership in research, teaching, mentorship, and outreach, including, in particular, the advancement of women in science.