Lab Summer 2018

Summer 2018



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 of aging and mental health. I've been at WashU since the summer of 2016. My WashU page is available here. [Linkedin] [CV].

Ji Woong Park (2016-current)

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 (2016-current)

Jinmei is the lab manager who leads the Disruptive Innovation of Blockbuster drugs project.

Damon Burrow (2016-current)

Damon is a recent graduate of William Woods University 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. Damon works on the animal studies for the Disruptive Innovation of Blockbuster drugs project.

Sarah Seberg Diemar (January – May 2019)

Sarah is an MD and PhD student from Denmark spending 5 months in the Peterson Lab as a part of her PhD program. In those months Sarah will be working on CRISPRa screening with Jinmei and Ji. Back home Sarah works with the pathophysiology of secondary osteoporosis in patients with epilepsy in the P2 Lab.

Chris Chow (2016-current)

Chris is working on the MORPHEOME - Molecular ORPHan PhEnOtype MatchEr project. Chris is now a Senior at WashU.

Sandeep Kumar, PhD (2017-current)

Sandeep is a Senior Scientist in the lab leading the 10X healthspan/lifespan and Molecular Diagnostic for Mood projects. He comes from a worm background with Kerry Kornfeld. He is doing CRISPRi screening with Jinmei.

Nick Jacobs (2018-current)

Nick is a 4th-year WashU Computational & Systems Biology (CSB) Ph.D. student who is working with us jointly with Fuhai Li at the Institute for Informatics at WashU. He is working on understanding the genic relationship between diseases and drugs. His work is part of our Disruptive Innovation of Blockbuster drugs effort and has relevance for drug repositioning.

Sydney Hart (2017-Current)

Sydney is a Senior at WashU who is interested in neuroscience. She is working on the Molecular Diagnostic for Mood project to characterize hits from our CRISPRi screening with the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Specifically, she is working on the mechanism of SSRI action with Sandeep.



Former lab members

Tanya Pierre

Tanya worked with us during the Summer of 2018 on an Amgen Scholarship before her Junior at Agnes Scott College. She worked on the Molecular Diagnostic for Mood and MORPHEOME projects to characterize hits from our CRISPRi screening.


Cheng Lyu

Cheng graduated from WashU with a Master’s in biostatistics in 2018. He worked on Disruptive Innovation of Blockbuster drugs. Specifically, he did 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. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Emory University.


Harrison Rhee -

Harrison graduated from WashU in 2018 as an Anthropology major. He worked on the Disruptive Innovation of Blockbuster drugs project. Specifically, Harrison used chemical genetic approaches to assess hits from our CRISPRi screening.


India Bradley -

India worked in the Peterson lab the 2017 summer as an Amgen Scholar before her Junior year at Howard University. She worked on the Molecular Diagnostic for Mood project.


Melanie Lopez -

Melanie graduated from WashU in 2018. She worked with Harrison on the Molecular Diagnostic for Mood project</b>.


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.


Kevin Li -

Kevin is a BME major, Computer Science minor at WashU (Class of 2019) who worked in the 2017 academic year on the 10X healthspan/lifespan project.


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.