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Tracy Dixon-Salazar, Ph.D.
Associate Research Director
Tracy has been a volunteer on the CURE Research Review Board since 2006 and joined CURE as a Research Manager in 2013. Tracy 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. Tracy’s desire to get a Ph.D. was inspired by her daughter, Savannah, who suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome type epilepsy with no known cause. 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.
As Associate Research Director, Tracy will use 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.