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 Bioinformatics. She likes to identify biology-related patterns by analyzing data, and to make sense of the patterns. Currently she is especially interested in brain memory formation. 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

Contact: az2204[at]nyu[dot]edu

Justin Rendleman

PhD Student

Justin received his B.S. in Biomedical Physics at The College of New Jersey. Before entering the PhD program at NYU, he worked as a research associate at MSKCC and NYUMC where he investigated the correlation between genetic variation and human disease. He joined the Vogel lab to learn more about the central dogma beyond DNA (i.e. RNA and protein) by studying expression regulation using a systems biology approach. His research currently focuses on understanding translational mechanisms of control in response to stress, specifically in the mammalian Unfolded Protein Response. Justin also enjoys writing (both creative and scientific) and the beach (not the shore).

Contact: rendlj01[at]nyu[dot]edu

Burcu Vitrinel

PhD Student

Burcu received her B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering from Sabanci University, Turkey and her M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine from Charité Medical University, Germany. She is now a joint P.hd. student in the Vogel and Christiaen labs working to understand the post-transcriptional regulation of heart development using the model organism Ciona. Outside lab, Burcu likes traveling and cross-stitching.

Contact: bv525[at]nyu[dot]edu

Kristina Allgoewer

PhD Student

Kristina received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Molecular Life Sciences from the University of Hamburg, Germany. She joined the lab in 2016 as a visiting Master’s student and decided to stayed on for her PhD project, which is co-mentored by Prof. Uwe Ohler at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin. She is interested in alternative splicing, especially when it comes to her favorite proteins: aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases. Kristina loves New York’s fantastic food and enjoys spending time in Washington Square Park with her family and friends.

Contact: ka1808[at]nyu[dot]edu

Funda Mujgan Kar

PhD Student

Funda received her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and genetics from Koç University. She currently works on understanding the role of post-translational modifications in meiosis. Outside the lab Funda enjoys travelling, playing card games, and reading.

Contact: fmk251[at]nyu[dot]edu

Master and Undergraduate Students

Kristen Avallone

Prianka Saha


  • 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

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. 


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.