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.

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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. Sélène joined the McVicker Lab in 2016.

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.

Jessica Zhou

Ph.D. Student

Jessica is a PhD student in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology program at the University of California, San Diego. She graduated with her BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2017. She is currently working on using statistical analyses of genetic data to understand cancer disease mechanisms. Her interests include running, cooking and photography.

Aaron Chen

Undergraduate Student

Aaron is a UCSD undergraduate student in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, with a minor in global health. In the lab he is performing molecular biology experiments on neuroblastoma cell lines and leukemia patient samples. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, and exploring new places.

Annabell Garcia

Lab Administrative Manager


Lab Alumni

Beth Coyne

Lab Administrative Manager (shared with Verma Lab, Gage Lab), 1/2016-12/2018
Current Position: Full-time Lab Administrative Manager for Gage Lab.

Ishika Luthra

Undergraduate Co-op student, 9/2016-12/2016
Current Position: Research Assistant at BC Cancer

Kayla Chase

Postdoctoral Scholar (Joint with Palmer Lab at UCSD), 2/2016-8/2017
Current Position: Medical Science Liason, Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc.,

Jing Gu

UCSD M.Sc. Student, 1/2016-9/2017
Current Position: Bioinformatics Programmer, Center for Epigenomics - UCSD

Arya Massarat

Undergraduate Summer Student, 5/2018-8/2018
Current Position: Undergradute Student, Harvey Mudd College

Halimo Farah

High School Summer Student, Heithoff-Brody Scholars Program, 7/2018-8/2018
Current Position: High School Student

Rotation Students

Joe Solvason(Winter 2019), Jennifer Havens (Fall 2018), Adam Jussila (Fall 2018), James Sorrentino (Fall 2017), Jessica Zhou (Summer 2017), Patrick Fiaux (Spring 2016)