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We use functional genomics approaches to identify mechanisms that regulate development, regeneration, and physiology. Our ongoing projects use multiple model organism to understand muscle development and regeneration, to model structural and functional birth defects, and to identify interorgan communication pathways that regulate muscle physiology in response to infections.


Our group has exciting research opportunities that include pre-clinical projects and translational projects for scientists at all levels including undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students as well as postdocs and senior scientists. We are affiliated with multiple programs including DBBS graduate programs [Development Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology (DRSCB), Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), Molecular Genetics and Genomics (MGG), and Immunology] and WashU postbacc programs (Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, and Regenerative Medicine). Information about specific projects are available on our website ( or by contacting Dr. Johnson ( 

Available to Mentor:

  • PhD/MSTP Students
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • Postdocs


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