Dixon lab
Principal Investigator

Jesse Dixon MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

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

Tessa Popay

Research Associate

Tessa received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, before eventually receiving her PhD from the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She is interested in understanding how components of the looping machinery modulate chromatin architecture, and how this subsequently influences transcriptional regulation, both in a steady-state context and in response to exogenous cues.

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

Morgan Black

Research Assistant

Morgan graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. She is interested in the role that chromatin structure and differential gene expression has in the development of cancer and immune evasion. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time at the beach, swimming, baking, and tending to plants.

Sabrina Diaz

Research Assistant


Nicholas Haghani

Research Assistant

Nick graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Cell and Developmental Biology. He is interested in utilizing CRISPR engineering and genomic tools to study the role of 3D genome architecture and epigenome dynamics in oncogene regulation. Outside of the lab, he enjoys running, surfing, and spending time with friends.

Femke Munting

Research Assistant

Femke received her B.A. in Neuroscience and Economics from Northwestern University. She is interested in the role of various cohesin subunits in the organization of the 3D genome and how their inhibition or degradation alter gene expression. She spends her free time playing the drums, hiking and exploring San Diego.

Dixon lab alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dong-Sung Lee, PhD

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Seoul

Research Assistants

Jean Yasis

Samantha Marcotte

Sofia Dallarda

Kate Cho

Ben Clock

Victoria Le

Rosalind Bump

Sahaana Chandran