David Chen, MD, PhD



Dave is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Dermatology and specializes in the care of patients with cutaneous malignancies. He has a long-standing interest in cancer biology, so dermatology was a bit of a detour for him. As with many physician-scientists, it was a single patient experience that brought clarity to the particular challenges that affect the care of patients with cutaneous malignancies, as well as the unique opportunities to hopefully make a difference.

Leslie Sutton


Research Technician

Leslie earned her BS in Biology at Iowa State University, where she became interested in molecular cell and developmental biology working with zebrafish and arabidopsis. She grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis and is thrilled to be back home working in the Chen lab. She plans to attend graduate school in the future but currently investigates how Dnmt3a knockouts can combine with other known tumor suppressors or oncogenes to develop a cancerous state. Outside of academia, she enjoys taking care of her plants and two cats, exploring the city’s vegetarian food scene, and helping mutual aid groups in the area.

Danielle Gibbs


Research Technician

Danielle earned a BS in Physics with an emphasis in Astronomy and a minor in mathematics from the University of Missouri St. Louis where she researched the chemical composition of comets. Her research background is in computational imaging and spectroscopy. She is from a small town a little north of St. Louis and is delighted to have finally made it into the city. She is elated to be joining the world of biology and to be back in a research environment working in the Chen lab. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with her partner and her family, playing guitar, and reading with a cat on her lap.

Marissa Jimenez


Clinical Research Coordinator

Marissa earned a BS in Health Management from Lindenwood University. She has been working in the healthcare field since 2005 and joined the team in June of 2021, as a clinical research coordinator. Over the years her passion has become regulatory compliance and helping others. She also enjoys music, road trips, biking, plants, exploring the city for flavorful cuisines, finding the best coffee, roaming around parks, enjoying architecture, learning about new city developments, and volunteering with Mindseye Radio.

Minjun Park


medical Student

Minjun earned his BA in Computer Science and a minor in Chemistry from New York University. During his undergraduate career, he focused on research pertaining to bioinformatics and implementing machine learning and neural networks in biological contexts. He is now pursuing a degree in Doctor of Medicine at Saint Louis University. During his free time, Minjun likes to explore cafes, eat sushi, and play with his cat Haru.

Elizabeth Sulvarán-Guel


GRaduate Student

Elizabeth is a rotating first-year student in the Human and Statistical Genetics PhD program. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Genome Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in her hometown, Mexico City. Before applying to graduate school, she worked for a year in a lab here at Washington University, where she generated, analyzed, and experimentally validated spatial transcriptomics datasets from a chronic kidney disease mouse model. Her main interests are in developing comprehensive research projects, with both computational and experimental components in order to understand human diseases and to find potential therapeutic targets. Outside of the lab, Elizabeth enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and reading, as well as exploring restaurants, museums, and bars with her friends.


Amandi Wilson, MHS (SRP fellow)