Dixon is a graduate of Princeton University, where he studied molecular biology and neuroscience. He received his MD/PhD degree at the University of California, San Diego. Dixon focuses on the structure of packages of DNA called chromosomes and what that structure implies for basic biological processes like gene expression and genome organization, which could lead to a better understanding of cancer and evolution.
Hsu aims to develop the next generation of medical therapeutics by harnessing the gene editing technology known as CRISPR. A gene editing technique originally derived from bacterial immune systems, CRISPR has recently made headlines for its use in modifying DNA with unprecedented ease and accuracy. The Hsu lab develops diverse approaches from synthetic biology, genomics, and neuroscience for the high-throughput interrogation and control of transcriptional and epigenetic cell states, particularly for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease and complex genetic disorders. Visit lab website»
The focus of the lab is to utilize and develop transmission electron microscopy techniques to understand the biological complexity characterized by large macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies. We wish to harness the information we learn through observation of their structure under different physiological conditions in order to understand the complex roles macromolecules play in human diseases such as cancer and HIV. Visit lab website»