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].

Niki Song

Niki joined the lab in October 2016, where she will be performing CRISPRi screenings to identify novel targets for clinical depression drugs and working on the burgeoning connection between depression and bone loss. She graduated from Washington University in 2016 with a major in Psychology. Niki is planning to attend medical school next fall and is interested in potentially pursuing the field of psychiatry. When she’s not in lab, you can find Niki curled up under her blankets at home binge-watching Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, or MasterChef. She likes to stay active through dancing and weightlifting. Niki is also a dedicated foodie and loves exploring restaurants around St. Louis.

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.

Melanie Lopez -

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


Jay Jiang -

Jay is a Senior at WashU majoring in Biochemistry working on MORPHEOME - Molecular ORPHan PhEnOtype MatchEr.


Kevin Li -

Kevin is a Sophomore BME major at WashU on the 10X healthspan/lifespan project.


Christina Gu -

Christina is a Senior Math major at WashU on the 10X healthspan/lifespan project.