Peter Jin, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Jin is a human geneticist with an independent research lab at the Washington University School of Medicine in the Department of Genetics. His scientific training includes his PhD work with Drs. Alison Goate and Carlos Cruchaga, in which he performed deep sequencing in candidate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) genes, analyzed AD-related endophenotypes, and performed in vitro cell-based experiments to identify and functionally characterize novel genetic variants affecting AD risk. As a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Richard Lifton, he developed novel statistical models and bioinformatic pipelines to reveal the contribution of rare transmitted and de novo mutations on congenital heart disease risk.
More recently, he shifted his focus to reveal genetic etiologies of neurodevelopmental disorders. Working with multi-site genomics consortia, he and his colleagues identified novel genes and biological pathways contributing to congenital hydrocephalus, idiopathic cerebral palsy, Vein of Galen malformation, Moyamoya disease, Chiari malformation, and Arachnoid Cyst. His current research is devoted to progressing the understanding of complex genetic models driving neurodevelopmental and cardiovascular disorders and to characterizing genetic networks of disease via multi-dimensional -omics data, biobank sources, and electronic health record data. He utilizes a multidisciplinary approach that reflects his training in biostatistics, human genetics, and genomics. His overall goal is to translate advances in basic science into novel targeted therapeutics for congenital and neurodegenerative diseases.

For more information about his research please visit his lab website (