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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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.

Mickey Lorenzini

Ph.D. Student

Mickey is a Ph.D. student from the UCSD Biomedical Sciences program.

Aaron Chen

Research Assistant

Aaron was a UCSD undergraduate research student in the McVicker laboratory majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, with a minor in global health. Since graduating in Spring 2020, he is now a Research Assistant, performing molecular biology experiments including CRISPR-directed genome perturbations. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, and exploring new places.

Karthik Guruvayurappan

Undergraduate Researcher

Karthik UCSD undergraduate research student pursuing a double major in Data Science and General Biology. He is analyzing data from genome perturbation experiments. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis.

Annabell Garcia

Lab Administrative Manager

Lab Alumni

Arya Massarat
Undergraduate student from Harvey Mudd.
Current Position:PhD Student in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Program at UCSD

Lillian Petersen
High school student intern from Los Alamos High School
Current Position: Harvard Undergraduate Student

Sélène Tyndale
Lab Coordinator
Current Position: Associate Scientist I, Illumina

Beth Coyne
Lab Administrative Manager (shared with Verma Lab, Gage Lab)
Current Position: Full-time Lab Administrative Manager for Gage Lab.

Ishika Luthra
Undergraduate Co-op student from SFU
Next Position: Co-op student in Marco Marra Lab at Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center
Current Position: M.Sc. Student in Mostafavi Lab at University of British Columbia

Kayla Chase
Postdoctoral Scholar (Joint with Palmer Lab at UCSD)
Next Position: Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Current Position: Medical Science Liason, Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc.,

Jing Gu
UCSD M.Sc. Student
Next Position: Bioinformatics Programmer in Joe Gleeson Lab, UCSD Current Position: Ph.D. Student at University of Chicago

Halimo Farah
High School Summer Student, Heithoff-Brody Scholars Program
Current Position: Undergraduate Student, UCSD


Rotation Students

Jeff Jaureguy (BISB | Fall 2020), Mickey Lorenzini (BMS | Summer 2020), Chris Balak (BMS | Spring 2020), Joe Solvason (BISB | Winter 2019), Jennifer Havens (BISB | Fall 2018), Adam Jussila (BISB | Fall 2018), James Sorrentino (BISB | Fall 2017), Jessica Zhou (BISB | Summer 2017), Patrick Fiaux (BISB | Spring 2016)