Lab Summer 2017

Summer 2017



Current lab members

Tim Peterson

I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Washington University St. Louis. I study genomics, metabolomics and the quantified self of aging and mental health. Currently, my group is working on an osteoporosis project. My WashU page is available here. [Linkedin] [CV].

Ji Woong Park

Ji is a DBBS PhD student working on MORPHEOME - Molecular ORPHan PhEnOtype MatchEr. Ji Woong ("Ji") Park is a 4th year Molecular Cell Biology (DBBS) PhD graduate student in Peterson Lab. Ji graduated from Washington & Jefferson College with B.A. in Chemistry with Honors and minor in Neuroscience. His previous research experiences span cardiovascular molecular biology (Cincinnati College of Medicine), biophysical instrumentation (W&J), and protein biochemistry in axon degeneration (Wash U Med). Ji is leading MORPHEOME - Molecular ORPHan PhEnOtype MatchEr project and involved in establishing computational pipeline combined with wet-lab validation to elucidate novel genes in osteoporosis and depression. He is passionate about coding and is involved with LaunchCode in STL. In his spare time, he is an avid foodie (with photos to prove) and has been to 5 ramen restaurants in STL (Robata, Nami, Midtown, Death in the Afternoon, and Vista).

Jinmei Li

Jinmei is the lab manager who leads the *Disruptive Innovation of Blockbuster drugs using CRISPRi.

Damon Burrow

Damon is a new addition to the Tim Peterson Lab here at Washington University. Damon is a recent graduate of William Woods University in Fulton, MO where he majored in Biology with minors in Physics and Chemistry. His previous work includes research in clinical imaging to improve malignant tumor treatment in adaptive radiotherapy. His work specifically allows radiotherapy to be administered more accurately leading to decreased adverse effects and cancer recurrence and improved outcomes and improved quality of life for cancer patients. Damon plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in a surgical specialty and research such as orthopedic or neurosurgery.

Chris Chow

Chris is a Sophomore at WashU working on *MORPHEOME - Molecular ORPHan PhEnOtype MatchEr.

Kevin Li

Kevin is a Junior BME major, Computer Science minor at WashU (Class of 2019) on the 10X healthspan/lifespan project. He's interested in the biology of aging and the engineering principles in modulating stem cell gene expression. On campus, Kevin is involved in Campus Y volunteering, Engineering Tutoring Services, Club Tennis, and Sling Health biotech incubator. In his free time, Kevin enjoys playing tennis and board games with friends on weekends. Kevin is also an avid hockey fan and proud supporter of the Columbus Blue Jackets, even though it can be painful most of the time. Kevin plans to follow the graduate school route and go into either research or industry for biomedical engineering.

Sandeep Kumar, PhD

Sandeep is a Senior Scientist in the lab leading the 10X healthspan/lifespan project.

Cheng Lyu

Cheng is a WashU Biostatistics Master's student who is working on *Disruptive Innovation of Blockbuster drugs* using CRISPRi screening. Specifically, he is doing statistical analysis to determine whether the genes we identify in screening with clinical drugs using CRISPRi are also variant in people with altered drug responses to the drugs.

Harrison Rhee -

Harrison is a Junior at WashU working on the Disruptive Innovation of Blockbuster drugs using CRISPRi screening. Specifically, Harrison is testing new drugs to determine whether they inhibit cell growth and therefore would make good candidates for CRISPRi screening.


India Bradley -

India is an upcoming Junior at Howard University working on the Molecular Diagnostic for Mood project. She was an Amgen Scholar for 2017.


Melanie Lopez -

Melanie is a Junior at WashU on the Molecular Diagnostic for Mood project.




Former lab members

Niki Song -

Niki graduated from WashU in 2016 with degree in Pyschology. She worked on CRISPRi screening. She is now in medical school at New York Medical College.


Christina Gu -

Christina graduated from WashU in 2017 with degree in Math. She worked on the 10X healthspan/lifespan project.


Jay Jiang -

Jay graduated from WashU in 2017 with a degree in Biochemistry. He worked on MORPHEOME - Molecular ORPHan PhEnOtype MatchEr. He is now in medical school.