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Saloni Dixon

Saloni Dixon
  • Undergraduate Student Ambassador
  • Major: Biomedical Informatics

Biography

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

High school: Bishop Dwenger High School

Career goal: PhD in Immunology (Immunoinformatics)

I am a third year at IUPUI, pursuing a bachelor’s in Biomedical Informatics. I will be applying for the 4+1 Accelerated Master’s Degree Program this fall, and I hope to receive my Master’s in Biomedical Informatics after my senior year. Afterwards, I will be chasing my dream of obtaining a PhD in Immunology.

With these degrees, I hope to use it towards developing innovative research in all aspects of immunoinformatics. This interface between computational biology and experimental immunology is a passion I have been chasing since I was diagnosed as a kid. I battle with a disease called Mixed-Connective Tissue Disease. This is a combination of Lupus, Reynaud’s, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Despite limited research in this field, it is my dearest hope to further expand biomedical understanding in both immunology research and clinical data, so new and preventable measures for autoimmune diseases similar to mine may be set in motion.

Prior to my experience at Eli Lilly & Company, I imagined a life of basic-level programming. However, I gained a piece of myself that I never realized was missing. Research wedged itself into my life, and I could not be happier. At an early age, I was told that a little person like me could never make a difference. I have come to understand that change is not simply born into existence, but it’s something fought for, dreamt for, and worked for until that gap no longer exists.

I will be the President of the Filipinx Student Association (FSA) for the second time this upcoming academic year, as well as a Social Justice Scholar (SJS) and a School of Informatics and Computing (SOIC) Student Ambassador. I strongly value community involvement in multicultural organizations, social justice programs, and mentorship. In addition, I will be working as a Stem Cell Lab Assistant at IU School of Medicine with the Medical & Molecular Genetics Department. I hope for this opportunity to further cultivate my passion for research in genetic and genomic mechanisms, translational research in disease models, and clinical trials in rare and common genetic diseases.