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Tracy Dixon-Salazar, Ph.D.
Associate Research Director
Dr. Dixon-Salazar received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of California, San Diego where her dissertation focused on the role of immune molecules in normal brain development and plasticity. She went on to do a post-doctoral fellowship where she identified genes that underlie epilepsy and studied their disease-causing function using induced stem cell and animal models
Dr. Dixon-Salazar’s desire to get a Ph.D. was inspired by her daughter, Savannah, who suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome type epilepsy. She is a staunch epilepsy advocate and has worked with numerous organizations to communicate epilepsy research to families and to instill the hope that by working together, one day we will find a cure for this devastating disorder.
Dr. Dixon-Salazar joined CURE’s staff in 2013 after serving as a volunteer for 7 years. As Associate Research Director, she uses both her expertise as a researcher and her passion as a mother of a child with epilepsy to further our mission of finding a cure for epilepsy. As Associate Research Director, Dr. Dixon-Salazar oversees a number of CURE’s research programs, including a soon to be launched collaborative genetics research project which brings together CURE, NINDS, researchers, clinicians and patients in an effort to drive personalized medicine in epilepsy.