Purushottam Dixit


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Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Office Address:
55 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208260
New Haven, CT 06520
  • BS: Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay 2002-2006
  • PhD: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 2006-2011
  • Postdoc: Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia University 2011- 2019
  • Assistant Professor: University of Florida, 2020-2023


Cellular signaling and population heterogeneity, ecological and evolutionary dynamics of bacterial communities, cellular metabolism, maximum entropy methods.

Selected Awards & Honors:

  • Maximizing Investigator's Research Award, NIGMS 2022-2026

Selected Publications:

  • Goetz*, Akl*, and Dixit, The ability to sense the environment is heterogeneously distributed in cell populations, to appear in eLife
  • Cancer cells depend on environmental lipids for proliferation when electron acceptors are limited, Li*, Ji*, Dixit*, et al. Nature Metabolism (2022)
  • Maximum Entropy Framework for Predictive Inference of Cell Population Heterogeneity and Responses in Signaling Networks, Dixit et al. Cell Systems (2020)
  • Quantifying spatiotemporal variability and noise in absolute microbiota abundances using replicate sampling, Ji*, Sheth*, Dixit*, et al. Nature Methods (2019)