Current members

Patrick Jay, MD PhD, Principal investigator

Patrick grew up in San Jose and attended Stanford University. He obtained his MD and PhD from Washington University, St. Louis. He then trained in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He returned to St. Louis with his wife, Kathleen, and two little boys. They now have four children, three boys and a girl.

Ehiole Akhirome, MSTP student

Ehi Akhirome was born in Lagos, Nigeria. His family moved to Atlanta when he was 7 years old. He attended Emory University and graduated with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. Ehi began the research portion of his combined MD/PhD program in 2014. He is working to identify genetic and metabolic modifiers of congenital heart disease. In his spare time, he enjoys working out and participating in nighttime social gatherings.

Libby Jubas

Libby is from Redondo Beach California. She is a freshman at Washington University studying Global Health and plays on the varsity tennis team. Libby is helping the team phenotype newborn mouse hearts.

Lillian Kang

Born in Florida, but raised in North Carolina, Lillian majored in Biology at Duke University. This Cameron Crazie is now a second-year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine. She is building 3-D models of complex of complex heart defects to illustrate novel genetic pathways in cardiac development.

Rachel (Rusty) Magnan, Undergraduate student

Rachel (Rusty) Magnan, Research technician. Rachel graduated from Washington University in 2016. Los Gatos, California is her hometown. She joined the lab at the start of her freshmen year. She has quantified the effect of maternal age on the risk of heart defects in one inbred strain and studied on the familial clustering of specific cardiac defects in an advanced intercross. She is working on describing and categorizing different AVSD’s in a certain strain.

Michael Nester, Lab assistant

Mike is a graduate of the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Mike is a native St. Louisan. He prepares the many tubes and vials needed for experiments that we do on an epidemiologic scale.

Hoang Nguyen, MD

Hoang Nguyen, MD, Visiting researcher. Hoang is from Saigon, Vietnam. He obtained his MD from St. Louis University. He then trained in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology, and pediatric electrophysiology at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He joins the lab as a visiting researcher from Rush University, Chicago. He is working on identifying genes associated with human congenital heart disease.

Julie Nogee, MD

Julie Nogee MD, Newborn medicine fellow. Julie grew up in Baltimore, went to Tufts University and then Johns Hopkins for medical school. She completed her pediatrics residency at UCSF. Julie’s project evaluates the complex genetic basis of congenital heart disease in a human family. Julie is the recipient of a 2017 Marshall Klaus Perinatal Research Award.

Yidan (Ida) Qin, Undergraduate student

Yidan (Ida) Qin. Research technician. Ida recently graduated with a BS in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. She had joined the lab a couple years earlier after transferring to Wash U from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. She has quantified the co-occurrence patterns of different types of congenital heart defects and is currently working on identifying genetic modifiers of congenital heart defects. She has also developed an algorithm that deduces parental genotypes from offspring SNP data.

Suk Dev Regmi, Senior research technician

Suk joined the Jay Lab in 2008. Suk manages a large, complex mouse colony, prepares hearts for histologic evaluation and mentors new lab members. For his excellent work and valuable contributions, Suk won the department’s employee of the year award in 2013.

Rachel Siegel, Undergraduate Student

Rachel is from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. She is attaining her undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology from Washington University. She joined the lab during her sophomore year. She is diagnosing congenital heart disease phenotypes in mice.

Nephi Walton, MD

Nephi is a clinical genetics fellow. He obtained an MD and MS in biomedical informatics from the University of Utah. He received the Best Clinical Fellow Research Abstract Award at the Department of Pediatric’s 2017 research retreat for his work on data mining clinical genomic data for genes associated with congenital heart disease.

Rebecca Zhang

Rebecca is a student at Wellesley College. She is happy to call St. Louis her home. She discovered a wide range of anatomic variants of atrioventricular septal defects in an advanced intercross and is now systematically characterizing them in several different crosses. The work will help us discover genes involved in the development of specific components of the atrioventricular canal.

Alumni (Current position)

Ashley Aluko, MD. Ob-gyn resident, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

Daniel Chen, PhD. Director of Bioinformatics and Automated Systems, Biovest International.

Jacob Choi, MD PhD. Internal medicine resident, Cleveland Clinic.

Megan Danzo. Medical student, Ohio State.

Jonathan Erlich, MD. Hospitalist Scholars Program, University of Chicago

Avihu Gazit, MD. Associate professor. Washington University School of Medicine.

Courtney Green, MD. General surgery resident, University of California, San Francisco.

Julia (Winston) Honold, PhD. Genotyping Platform Lead, Monsanto.

Alayna Hutchinson. Undergraduate student, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Kristine Kaiser, MD. Cardiologist, Michigan.

Herman Luther. Medical student, U. of Chicago

Vinay Rathi, MD. ENT resident, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Miriam Rittel. Student, Hochschule Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Claire Schulkey, PhD. AAAS fellow, NIH.

Nelson Ugwu. Medical student, Yale University.

Christine Weiss. Student, Hochschule Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Daniela Wild. Student, Hochschule Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

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