Christine Vogel

Principal Investigator

Christine is the boss and steers the ship through all adventures. She received her PhD in Cambridge, UK, and did her postdoctoral research in Austin, TX. She is interested in everything that’s interesting, but particularly in proteins – their structure, evolution, and expression regulation. Apart from science, she loves the outdoors and her dog. 

More about Christine

Contact: cvogel[at]nyu[dot]edu

Shaohuan Wu

Postdoctoral Researcher

Shaohuan graduated from Zhejiang University with a biology degree, and from the Chinese Academy of Sciences with a PhD in computational biology. She likes to identify biological patterns by analyzing data, and to make sense of the patterns. Currently she is especially interested in host responses to flu vaccine/infections. Outside the lab, she likes watching movies, taking care of her pets, and walking.

Contact: sw5019[at]nyu[dot]edu

Solomon Haizel

Postdoctoral Researcher

Solomon Haizel has a B.Sc. degree from the University of Ghana and a PhD in biochemistry from Hunter College (CUNY). His research interests include understanding translation regulation underlying cancer, tumorigenesis, and neurodegenerative diseases. In the Vogel lab, he is studying how certain transcripts with regulatory elements in their  5’ untranslated region might drive their protein expression, with focus on genes that play key roles in age-related neurodegeneration. In his free time, Solomon likes watching soccer, taking photographs of nature, and listening to music.

Contact: sh6574[at]nyu[dot]edu

Smruti Pushalkar

Research Scientist

Contact: sp117[at]nyu[dot]edu

Ana Paula Zen Petisco Fiore

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ana got her PhD in Cell and Tissue Biology at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, where she studied the effects of milk-born TGFbeta on p27 stability (synthesis and degradation) in the developing gut. In the Vogel lab her research is focused on motor neurons’ differential response to proteostatic stress and its (dis)regulation in neurodegenerative disease. She is also very interested in microenvironment physical and biochemical cues, 3D culture models and organoids. Outside the lab, she likes art exhibitions, photography, noir movies and music concerts.

Contact: az2204[at]nyu[dot]edu

Junjie Liu

PhD Student

Junjie graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelors of arts in biochemistry in 2022. He became fascinated with RNA biology during his last year in college. Pursuing his interest, he is currently studying how eukaryotic cells reprogram mRNA translation in response to stress. Outside of lab, Junjie enjoys trying new food and visiting the Met. He has several aquatic pets, all named after scientific terms or TS albums.

Contact: jl9601[at]nyu[dot]edu

Laurelle Lee Young

PhD Student

Laurelle is a Biology PhD Student at NYU. She completed her Bachelor’s at Columbia University, where she graduated with a major in Biochemistry and a concentration in Computer Science. During her time as an undergrad researched the role of lncRNA in B cell Lymphoma. In her downtime she enjoys finding new cafes to write in her journal.

Contact: lml9331[at]nyu[dot]edu

Master and Undergraduate Students

Kristen Avallone

Prianka Saha


  • Kristina Allgoewer, visiting Master’s and PhD student, 2016-2021, now University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
  • Justin Rendleman, PhD student, 2014-2021, now Rockefeller University
  • Burcu Vitrinel, PhD student, 2015-2021
  • Shuvadeep Maity, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2015-2020, now Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS)
  • Dan Munro, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2019, now Scripps Research and UC San Diego
  • Karolina Pajdak, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2018, now Novartis
  • Jade Wang, Master’s student, 2015-2018
  • Matteo (Yunbin) Zhang, Undergraduate, 2016-2018, now Harvard University (Data Science)
  • Konstantine Tchourine, PhD student, 2012-2018, now Columbia University
  • Guoshou Teo, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2016-2018, now National University of Singapore
  • Alice Zhao, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2017-2018
  • Gustavo Monteiro Silva, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2011-2017, now Duke University
  • Songhee Back, Technical Assistant, 2015-17, now Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Kolin Clark, Master’s student, 2016-2017
  • Keira Wiechecki, Master’s student and Computational Support Staff, 2014-2017
  • Zhe Cheng, PhD student, 2012-2016, now Weill Cornell
  • Samson Jacob, Master’s student, 2015 
  • Nerea Cuevas Polo, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2015
  • Dionne Argyle, Master’s student, 2014-2015
  • Wei Wei, Technical Assistant, Summer 2015
  • Ana Galesic, Master’s student, 2013-2015
  • Xiaotong Yao, Master’s student, 2013-2015
  • Sandhya Manohar, Undergraduate Student, 2013-2015
  • Paul and Peter, Lab gerbils, 2011-2014
  • Robert Young, Research Affiliate, 2011-2014
  • Mathias Munschauer, PhD student at the Max-Delbrueck-Center in Berlin (Landthaler lab), 2011-2014
  • Rebecca Bish, Postdoctoral Research, 2011-2014
  • Gesa Wiel, Research Affiliate, 2013
  • Tara Roc Moran, Lab Manager, 2011-2013
  • Nathanael Geman, Research Affiliate, 2013
  • Basil Perkins, Master’s student, 2013
  • Aditi Vyas, Undergraduate Student, 2013
  • Chris Weise, Summer Research Affiliate, 2012
  • Vanessa Simoes, Research Affiliate, 2012
  • Sabrina Krueger, Summer Research Affiliate, 2012
  • Li Wang, Master’s student, 2011/2012
  • Jessica Tiedke, Visiting PhD Student from the University of Hamburg, 2012
  • Joseph Chin, Post-Baccalaureate Student, 2011
  • Shailaja Iyer,  Undergraduate Student, 2011
  • Bobby Zhang Master Student, 2011

Honorary Lab Members


Post Dog

Goldie was born on Mar. 25, 2021, in Missouri where his parents and grandparents are. He met Shaohuan in New York and became a family member of hers in June, 2021. He has been helping Shaohuan excersize and relax after work by walking with her around Washington Square Park. Besides “work”, he enjoys playing in the Dog Run, playing with Shaohuan at home, and eating chicken-flavored food.

In memoriam


Post Dog

Koby specializes on keeping The Boss sane. After secret former life and education, Koby joined the lab as a full-time grant and paper writing assistant. He is also working on his bioinformatics skills. When not supporting science and the Vogel lab, Koby enjoys eating carrots.  Koby died of liver cancer in Jan. 22, 2021. But he lives forever in Christine’s heart.


Resident Rodent

Hammi the Hamster thinks Shaohuan’s project on long-term memory formation is the best. While he doesn’t know how to read papers or how to program, he supports Shaohuan by being cute, warm, and cuddly, and by providing secret advice on proteomics data analysis. Shaohuan does not know where Hammi was born, but that does not matter as he is Shaohuan’s favorite teammate, in particular when he sits on her head. Hammi died of cancer in Sep. 22, 2021. But he lives forever in Shaohuan’s heart.