Sainan is a Research Technician working for both the Zebrafish Facility and for Dr. Lila Solnica-Krezel’s laboratory. She previously worked in Dr. Steve Johnson’s zebrafish facility for three years. She received her Associate’s degree in Business Management from Beijing Economics & Trading Institute of China. She came to the United States in 2002 to be with her husband and became a citizen of the United States. When she is not tending to her duties at Washington University, she has been teaching Chinese at the St. Louis Chinese Modern School for over 10 years.