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

Shuvadeep Maity

Postdoctoral Researcher

Shuvadeep received his PhD in Biotechnology from the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, India. His graduate study focused on understanding the modulators of the ER stress-induced unfolded protein response pathway and ER–mitochondrial cross talk during stress. Shuvadeep joined the Vogel Lab in 2015. His project is to understand the changes of transcriptomic and proteomic landscapes over time in a stem cell derived ALS relevant neuronal model. He is also interested in the process of organelle proximity translation and its regulation during cellular stress like ER stress.

Contact: shuvadeep.maity[at]nyu[dot]edu

Dan Munro

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dan received his PhD in Quantitative and Computational Biology from Princeton University, where he studied the effect of alterations in protein sequence and expression.  He joined the Vogel Lab in March 2019 and is studying the role of protein regulation in memory formation, as well as the links between protein alterations and disease.  Outside the lab he enjoys making generative graphics, walking, and reading.

Contact: dm4763[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

Amy Lei

Prianka Saha

Karolina Pajdak


  • Jade Wang, Master 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. 


Lab Artist

Simon’s expertise lies in the visual arts – the picture shows his interpretation of neuronal cells, as taken from Thermo’s Coloring Book. In his spare time, Simon goes to school and thinks about his next projects.