Principal Investigator

Jesse Dixon MD, PhD

Helmsley-Salk Fellow

Jesse attended Princeton University for his undergraduate where he obtained a degree in Molecular Biology. He then completed his MD and PhD at the University of California San Diego. His PhD was in Biomedical Sciences, where he worked in the lab of Bing Ren studying genome wide principles of higher-order chromatin structure. He is currently Helmsley Salk Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences.
Research Associates

Zhichao Xu, PhD

Research Associate

After obtaining his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Peking University, Zhichao Xu obtained his PhD in Biological Sciences from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. His long-term interest lies in genome and epigenome dynamics, and developing technologies that can be applied to make such discoveries. He is currently focusing on finding the correlation between 3D chromatin architecture, somatic mutations and gene regulations in cancer.
Research Assistants

Sofia Dallarda

Research Assistant

Sofia graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a B.A. in Molecular & Cell Biology: Genetics. She is interested in studying the genetic and epigenetic factors underlying human diseases, such as cancer. Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading, embroidering, and watching movies.

Samantha Marcotte

Research Assistant

Samantha graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She is interested in the relationship between 3D genome structure and somatic mutations in cancer. Outside of the lab, she enjoys trying new food, working out, and playing tennis.
Jean Yasis

Jean Yasis

Research Assistant

Jean graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Molecular Biology. She is interested in the role of genome organization and nuclear architecture in regulating gene expression, and how its study provides a better understanding of human disease mechanisms. Outside of the lab, she enjoys tending to plants, working on DIY projects, attending concerts, and walking her dog, Cinnamon.

Dixon lab alumni

Research Assistants

Kate Cho

Johns Hopkins Masters Program

Ben Clock

UC Irvine for Graduate School

Victoria Le

Graduate School, NYU

Rosalind Bump

University of Washington

Sahaana Chandran

University of Arkansas

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dong-Sung Lee, PhD

Research Associate