Lab environment and mentorship

We value relationships built on mutual respect and trust. Our laboratory strives to provide a professional and collegial environment for scientific exploration, and we actively promote inclusion and equity. Mentorship is a commitment to our trainees and to the future of scientific progress, so we take it seriously. Establishing open communication and trust is the cornerstone of my mentorship philosophy, and while we all work hard towards scientific progress, we respect and value the experiences that enrich life outside of our work.

We are driven by the existing limitations in knowledge of health and disease–in other words, the motivating force behind our work is the mission to improve our understanding of skin aging and cancer in service of developing new therapeutic or prevention options for patients. One of our highest priorities is to promote a cooperative environment, where we engender internal motivation rather than external competition. We work to make ourselves and our world better. Come here for good work, good vibes, and people who care about you.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Currently, the lab is not actively recruiting postdoctoral fellows. Candidates with interests in skin biology and cancer may still send a brief cover letter and CV to Dr. Chen for consideration when spaces become available.

Lab Staff

Currently, the lab is not actively recruiting staff scientists with molecular/cell biology, mouse modeling, and/or computational biology skills. Interested candidates may still send a CV to Dr. Chen for consideration when spaces become available.

The lab is not actively recruiting research technicians.

Graduate Students

We are currently OPEN for rotations by graduate students currently enrolled in the Roy and Diana Vagelos Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences and the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University School of Medicine.

Current graduate students interested in joining the lab should contact Dr. Chen to inquire about rotation projects.

Students interested in graduate programs at Washington University should apply through the

Undergraduate Students

Currently, the lab is not actively recruiting undergraduate students.