Joseph L. Dixon grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and attended Brooklyn Prep High School and later SUNY-Binghamton. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1989, he went to Columbia University to study lipoproteins. In 2004, he moved to Rutgers University, New Jersey, which has a strong lipid research group. Dr. Dixon is a lipid biochemist, cell biologist, and an Associate Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He has been teaching courses on Nutrition, including a course entitled, Nutrition and Health, for over 25 years. His specific research interests are lipid metabolism and the mass spectrometry of lipids.