I am committed to helping my trainees achieve the scientific and career goals they set for themselves. Trainees in the lab are mentored one-on-one, in small group settings (2-3 people) and as a group. I emphasize the importance of rigorous experimental design, the use of 'working models' to guide the interpretation of data and the central importance of effective oral and written communication skills. I encourage my trainees to present their preliminary work at local, national or international meetings and work with them to describe finished results in high-quality, first-author publications. Dixon lab students and trainees publish first-author research papers and reviews and have won several presentation prizes for their work.
The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art robotic liquid handling (Versette) and high-throughput imaging systems (Essen IncuCyte ZOOM) for large-scale small molecule and genetic screening and analysis. We also have a BioTek Cystation3 multimode reader equipped with an automated stacker with a 30 plate capacity and a sensitive BioTek Neo multimode plate reader for luminescence- or fluorescence-based assays. Cell culture is performed in our own fully equipped suite, including two hoods and four incubators. On our floor we have access to many others resources including flow cytometry and confocal imaging. We work with Stanford collaborators and commercial organization to perform metabolomic and genomic analyses (e.g. RNA-Seq).
Postdoctoral candidates should contact me via email, describing a specific line of investigation relevant to the research goals of the lab (What scientific question, exactly, most excites or intrigues you? How do you propose to address that question?). The Stanford Postdoctoral Handbook, which contains information on many interesting postdoc-related topics (e.g. housing, visas, etc), is here. You can find more information concerning immigration-related issues here. Unfortunately, I am not looking for Research Associates (e.g. post-postdoc scientists) at this time.
Current graduate students who are interested in joining the lab for a rotation can contact me directly. I look forward to hearing from you! If you are planning to apply to Stanford for graduate school please feel free to contact me to find out more about the lab beforehand. More information on how to enroll in the Biology Department graduate program can be found here. Information on Graduate Student policies is here.
Undergraduate students. We currently have a number of undergraduates working in the laboratory. The lab is currently full in this regard and I am, unfortunately, unable to accept any more undergraduate researchers.
I am not currently accepting applications from high school students for positions in the lab.
Here are some additional thoughts that may be useful when thinking about choosing a lab, a lab mentor or project: A Nature perspective on what makes for a great lab environment. The late (great) Stanford Professor Ben Barres writes about how to choose a Ph.D. mentor. Uri Alon discusses how to pick a good scientific problem. Indira Raman provides excellent thoughts on how to be a graduate advisee and make the most out of your time as a student. Peter Walter details the history, and provides examples, of the importance of serendipity in biomedical research. Doug Green suggests six ways to minimize the stress associated with doing biomedical research. Giulio Superti-Furga talks about how to choose between academic and industry careers, among other related matters of professional development. Plus, was Charles Darwin successful because he was a genius, or just really stubborn?