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Tracy Dixon-Salazar, PhD
CURE Associate Research Director
As Associate Research Director, Dr. Dixon-Salazar uses both her expertise as a researcher and her passion as a mother of a child with epilepsy to further CURE's mission of finding a cure for epilepsy. Dr. Dixon-Salazar oversees a number of CURE’s research programs including the Epilepsy Genetics Initiative (EGI), a collaborative genetics research project that brings together CURE, NINDS, researchers, clinicians and patients in an effort to drive personalized medicine in epilepsy.
Dr. Dixon-Salazar received her PhD. in Neurobiology from the University of California, San Diego where her dissertation focused on the role of immune molecules in normal brain development and synaptic plasticity. She went on to do a post-doctoral fellowship in which 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 PhD was inspired by her daughter, Savannah, who suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. 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 epilepsy. Dr. Dixon-Salazar joined CURE’s staff in 2013 after serving as a volunteer for 7 years.