Principal Investigator

Sheng Chih (Peter) Jin

Peter is Assistant Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine. He is interested in understanding how genetic variation affects disease biology and using genetic and genomic analyses to infer the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental and cardiovascular diseases. His full CV is available here.

NIH Grants

Selected Honors and Awards


Postdoctoral Researchers and Staff Scientists

Yung-Chun (David) Wang, Staff Scientist

David earned a B.S. in Agriculture Chemistry from the National Taiwan University. He did his Ph.D. with Dr. Shiyou Chen studying the mechanism underlying the regulation of JAK3 in abdominal aortic aneurysm at the University of Georgia. David has received a prestigious Center of Regenerative Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is focused on genetic analyses and functional genomics of congenital hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy projects.


Graduate Students

Shujuan Zhao, Ph.D. Candidate and Markey Pathway Fellow (Molecular Genetics and Genomics)(Joint with Kris Kahle at MGH)

Shujuan is a 5th year Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her BS in Pharmaceutical Engineering at the Central South University. She is working with Dr. Jin and Dr. Kahle at Massachusetts General Hospital to figure out the genetic etiology and molecular mechanisms of Vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation and Moyamoya disease.

Nahyun Kong, Ph.D. Candidate and Mogam Science Scholar/Precision Medicine Pathway Fellow (Human & Statistical Genetics)

Nahyun is a 3rd year Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her BS in Biological Sciences at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. She is developing genomic apporaches to figure out the genetic etiology and molecular mechanisms of rare movement disorders.

Zitian Tang, Ph.D. Candidate and Precision Medicine Pathway Fellow (Biomedical Informatics & Data Science)

Zitian is a 2nd year PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her BS in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is developing computational strategies and tools to elucidate the impact of short tandem repeats and contribute to the somatic variation catalog for the Somatic Mosaicism Across Human Tissues consortium.

Jenna Ulibarri, Ph.D. Candidate and T32 CMB/IMSD Fellow (Molecular Genetics and Genomics)

Jenna is a 2nd year PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her BS in Biology at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. She is focusing on the development of computational and functional genomic strategies within the context of studying Proteogenomics in peripheral neuropathy.

Emma Casey, Ph.D. Student and IMSD Fellow (Molecular Genetics and Genomics)

Emma is a 1st year PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her BS in Environmental Science from DePaul University, followed by a master’s degree in Public Health from Emory University. Her research interests lie in utilization of human genetics and functional genomics to uncover the genetic underpinnings of neurodegenerative diseases.

Purva Patel, Ph.D. Student (Computational & Systems Biology)

Purva is a 1st year PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her BS in Biology from University of Missouri-Columbia, followed by a master’s degree in Bioinformatics from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her research interests lie in utilization of human genetics and functional genomics to uncover the genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease.

Zefan (Vivien) Li, Ph.D. Student (Molecular Cell Biology)

Vivien is a 1st year PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her BS in Biological Science from Peking University. Her research interests lie in utilization of human genetics and multi-omics genomics to uncover the genetic underpinnings of idiopathic peripheral neuropathy.

Julie Choi, Ph.D. Candidate and T32 GATP/Precision Medicine Pathway Fellow (Molecular Genetics and Genomics)(Joint with Jeff Milbrandt)

Julie is a 3rd year Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her BS in Biology and Public Health at the University of Texas at Austin. She is working with Dr. Jin and Dr. Jeff Milbrandt to figure out the genetic etiology and molecular mechanisms of hereditary neuropathy.

Wendy Dong, MSTP Candidate and T32 GATP Fellow (Computational & Systems Biology)(Joint with Jeff Milbrandt)

Wendy is a 3rd year MD/PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her BS in Biomedical Engineering at the Duke University. She is co-mentored by Dr. Jeffery Milbrandt and Dr. Jin to elucidate comprehensive molecular/cellular phenotypes that underlie human pain transduction, transmission, and processing.


Staff

Elvisa Mehinovic, Bioinformaticist

Elle is a bioinformaticist and master’s student at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed a BS degree in computational biology at Webster University. Her favorite hobbies include cuddling with her cat and drawing.

Andrew Ruttenberg, Research Technician II

Andrew is a research technician at Washington University in St. Louis after getting his BS in Computer Science and Mathematics there. He is studying the role de novo structural variants play in neurodevelopment movement disorders.

Jason Bedwinek, Senior Research Technician (Lab Manager)

Jason earned his M.S. in biotechnologies at University of Missouri St. Louis. His main area of interest is nucleic acid chemistry, especially as it relates to sequencing technologies. His main focus is on using functional genomic assays to associate underlying genetic variants with neurological pathologies.


Rotation Students and Interns

Brian Yu, Undergraduate Student and BioSURF Fellow (WashU Computer Science and Finance)

Aria Ma, McDonnell Genome Institute OGR Summer Student


Lab Pets

Ziggy


Alumni

Rotation Students:

Qichen Fu - Rotation Student (Molecular Genetics and Genomics), 2023/11 - 2024/01

Justin Chen - Rotation Student (Computational and Systems Biology), 2023/04 - 2023/07, currently graduate student in Ting Wang’s lab.

Yu-Liang Yeh - Rotation Student (Biomedical Informatics & Data Science), 2023/01 - 2023/04, currently graduate student in Michael Meers’s lab.

Ai Zhang - Rotation Student (Human & Statistical Genetics), 2022/09 - 2022/11; currently graduate student in Gautam Dantas’s lab.

Vincent Gillespie - Rotation Student (Molecular Genetics and Genomics), 2022/07 - 2022/09; currently graduate student in Gautam Dantas’s lab.

Yuxiao Xu - Rotation Student (WashU MSTP), 2022/05 - 2022/06; currently graduate student in Mayssa Mokalled’s lab.

Lei Lu - Rotation Student (Computer Science & Engineering), 2022/01 - 2022/02; currently graduate student at Northeastern University.

Mariam Khanfar - Rotation Student (Human & Statistical Genetics), 2021/09 - 2021/12; currently graduate student in Malachi Griffith’s lab.

Kuangying Yang - Rotation Student (Human & Statistical Genetics), 2021/09 - 2021/12; currently graduate student in Angela Hirbe’s lab.

Prashant Kumar Kuntala - Rotation Student (Computational and Systems Biology), 2021/09 - 2021/11; currently graduate student in Ting Wang’s lab.

Changfeng Chen - Rotation Student (Molecular Cell Biology), 2021/02 - 2021/04; currently graduate student in Benjamin Humphreys’s lab.

Jian Ryou - Rotation Student (Human & Statistical Genetics), 2020/11 - 2021/02; currently graduate student in Gautam Dantas’s lab.

Undergraduate Students:

Tugce Iyiyol - Undergraduate Student (WashU PreMed), 2022/08 - 2024/05

Summer Interns:

Athziri Marcial Rodriguez - McDonnell Genome Institute OGR Summer Student, 2022/06 - 2022/08; currently a Physician-Scientist Kornfeld Post-Bac Scholar at WashU.

Cabria Shelton - McDonnell Genome Institute OGR Summer Student, 2022/06 - 2022/08; currently a Neuroprep Scholar at WashU.

Max Wrubel - McDonnell Genome Institute OGR Post-Baccalaureate Extensive Study Student, 2021/11 - 2022/07; currrently bioinformatician in Alison Goate’s lab at Mount Sinai.

Kareena Joshipura - Mount Holyoke College’s Lynk Fellow, 2021/04 - 2021/09; currently a software engineer at Capgemini.

Staff:

Po-Ying Fu - Bioinformaticist, 2020/06 - 2023/04, currently data engineer at the Cathay United Bank.

Devin Qiu - Research Assistant, 2022/07 - 2022/12; currently graduate student at Van Andel Institute.

Master’s Students:

Xiaobing (Dean) Yu - Master’s student (Computer Science & Engineering), 2021/03 - 2021/11; currently graduate student in Aristeidis Sotiras’s lab.

Shohaib Shaffiey - Master’s student (Computer Science & Engineering), 2021/02 - 2021/05; currently Master’s student at WashU.

Sam Peters - Master’s student (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at SLU), 2020/05 - 2021/04; currently research specialist at the McDonnell Genome Institute.

Spencer King - Master’s student (Computer Science & Engineering), 2020/05 - 2021/05; currently data scientist at Geneoscopy.