Jason J. Yi, ph.d., Principal Investigator

Email: jasonyi@wustl.edu

Undergraduate: B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dickinson College

Graduate: Ph.D., Pharmacology, Duke University

Postdoctoral: UNC - Chapel Hill

Hometown:  Harleysville, PA

Quote: "Back off man, I'm a scientist." 

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Kellan Weston, Graduate student

Email: kellan.weston@wustl.edu

Undergraduate: B.S., Biology, The University of Dallas

Graduate: Program in Molecular Cell Biology, Washington University 

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Quote: "That's NOT how The Force works."


Kwang-soo Kim Ph.D., Staff Scientist

Email: kwang-sookim@wustl.edu 

Undergraduate: B.S., Microbiology, Kangwon University, South Korea

Graduate: Ph.D., Pharmacology, Ajou University School of Medicine, South Korea

Postdoctoral: University of Ottawa

Hometown: Incheon, South Korea

Quote: "Is that everything?  It seemed like he said quite a bit more than that."

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Alissa Cullen, Graduate Student

Email: a.cullen@wustl.edu

Undergraduate: B.S., Molecular Genetics, The Ohio State University

Graduate: Program in Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Washington University

Hometown: Aurora, IL

Quote: “I mean, Led Zeppelin didn’t write tunes that everyone liked. They left that to the Bee Gees.”


Jinghan Zhao, Research Technician

Email: jzaho23@wustl.edu

Undergraduate: B.S., Molecular Genetics, The Ohio State University

Hometown: Qingdao, China

Quote: “Kids these days. They just don’t get scared like they used to.”


Michelle Hsiao, Undergraduate Research Student

Undergraduate: Biology, Neuroscience Track, Washington University

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Quote: "You stay classy San Diego"


Alejandro Paneque, Undergraduate Research student

Undergraduate: Undeclared, Washington University

Hometown: Miami, FL

Quote: “Dude, you’re embarrassing me in front of the wizards”


Future Student/Postdoc

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic researchers to be a part of our team.  If you are interested in working with us, please contact Jason Yi. 

Lab Alumni


Xiaoyi renee Gao, research technician

Renee was the first member of the lab and worked as a technician from 2017 - 2019.

She is currently pursuing an M.D. at the St. Louis University School of Medicine.


Katie Lefton, Rotating Graduate Student

Katie is a Neuroscience Program Student who rotated in the lab in the fall of 2018.

She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Papouin Lab in the Department of Neuroscience.


Steven Ryu, Rotating Graduate Student

Steven is an MSTP student who rotated in the lab in the summer of 2019.

Steven is currently a second-year medical student.


Scott Lee, Undergraduate Student

Scott is an undergraduate student at St. Louis University who worked as a laboratory assistant from 2017 - 2018