Graham McVicker

Principal Investigator

Graham received his B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia and subsequently worked on the Ensembl Genome Browser at the European Bioinformatics Institute. Graham then did his Ph.D. with Phil Green at the University of Washington where he studied how mutation and selection shape human genetic variation. In his postdoctoral research with Jonathan Pritchard at the University of Chicago and Stanford University Graham researched how human genetic variation affects chromatin state. Since January 2016, Graham has been an Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics and the Integrative Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute. In his free time, Graham enjoys running, hiking and climbing.

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Sélène Tyndale

Lab Coordinator

Sélène received her B.S and M.S. from the Biological Science Department of the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada while conducting research at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Science. From 2006 through 2010, Sélène worked as a microbiologist in the Northwest Regional Newborn Screening Program at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory near Portland, Oregon. In 2011 she moved to Los Angeles where she was the lab technical supervisor of the Next Generation Sequencing Core in the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Southern California. While at USC, Sélène helped optimize a bisulfite-converted whole genome sequencing protocol for The Cancer Genome Atlas Epigenome Center and became proficient at a multitude of RNA and other sequencing library preparation, QC and multiplexing protocols. Currently, Sélène resides in San Diego with her partner Brent. Proud Canadians, they enjoy hiking the surrounding natural areas, canoeing on Mission Bay, and ice skating at Westfield UTC ice rink.

Hsiuyi Chen

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hsiuyi received her B.A. in Biological Science and Technology from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. After that, she worked as a research assistant in two labs in Taiwan where she learned how to handle mice and culture human cancer cell lines. Hsiuyi did her Ph.D. with Oliver Rando at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she investigated the roles of histone modifications in regulating gene expression. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the McVicker lab at the Salk institute. Besides science, she enjoys reading novels and raising kids.

Arko Sen

Postdoctoral Scholar

Arko received his B.Sc from Bangalore University, Bangalore, India where he worked on lead poisoning with NRCLPI and Intel Environment Projects. After completing his B.Sc he completed his M.Sc in Molecular pathology and toxicology at the MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK with Dr. Don JL Jones where he worked Discovery of bio-markers of Cadmium exposure using Mass Spec. Following his MSc, Arko worked for a year in development of mobile application solutions aimed at providing access to information for maternal health workers in rural areas of India and Tanzania. Arko then went on to obtain his PhD in Pharmacology at Wayne State School of Medicine, Detroit under the guidance of Dr. DM Ruden and worked on understanding the contribution of epigenome and transcriptome changes in pathology of Post-concussive syndrome. In his free time Arko enjoys travelling, running and reading.​

Patrick Fiaux

Ph.D. Student

Patrick Fiaux is a PhD student in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology PhD program at UC San Diego. In June 2016, he joined the McVicker lab at the Salk Institute of Biological Sciences where he is studying how genetic variation affects enhancer and promoter function by combining different types of genomic data. Patrick received his B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Computational Biology from Cornell University in 2015. During his undergraduate he was part of the Cornell Men’s Tennis team and still plays recreationally. Other hobbies include scuba diving and exploring new places.

Jing Gu

M.S. Student

Jing is a graduate student in the Chemistry and Biochemistry M.S. program at the University of California, San Diego. Jing graduated from UCSD with a B.S. degree in Biochemistry in 2014 and joined the McVicker Lab in January of 2016. She did undergraduate research at Dr. Thomas Hermann’s lab doing mutation study of Avian Encephalomyelitis virus to understand the structure and function of its internal ribosomal entry site domain ll region as related to Hepatitis C virus. After graduating, Jing worked as a research associate in antibody-drug conjugation at Sorrento Therapeutics Inc. Currently, Jing is most interested in data science and statistical approaches to understand how genetic variants in non-coding regions are associated with histone modifications.

Beth Coyne

Lab Administrative Manager

Beth received her Associates Degree in Legal Secretarial Studies from Bryant University. Originally from Rhode Island, she came to San Diego in 1983, and to Salk in 1985. Her professional goal is to help the scientists do their science by taking care of everything else! Her hobbies include yoga, hiking, and cooking.


Lab Alumni

Ishika Luthra

Undergraduate Co-op student, 9/2016-12/2016

Current Position: Undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University

Kayla Chase

Postdoctoral Scholar (Joint with Palmer Lab at UCSD), 2/2016-8/2017

Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago