We study the molecular mechanisms that determine the fate of nascent proteins and mRNAs.
Our approaches integrate biochemistry, cell biology, structural biology, and bioinformatics.


We always welcome inquiries from talented individuals who share our aspirations of being (and supporting) scientists who are curious, rigorous, resilient, and kind.

Postdoctoral candidates: please send Susan your CV, the contact information for three references, and a short statement on your research interests, experience, and motivation for applying to the lab. 

Graduate students from the BBSBiophysics, and Chemical Biology programs: please contact Susan to discuss a potential rotation. Prospective graduate students should apply to one of the PhD programs affiliated with HMS.

Research assistant positions are available to work on our newest ideas and to help with lab maintenance. Ideal candidates should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant topic (biology, another natural science, or engineering) by the start date, wet lab experience, and be prepared to commit to at least a one-year (preferably a two-year) contract. 

Visiting scholar and international student applicants must be knowledgeable about their visa requirements, be able to support themselves during their visit, and spend at least 6 months in the lab.


sichen_shao [at] hms.harvard.edu

Harvard Medical School
Dept. of Cell Biology
240 Longwood Ave.
Room C2-451
Boston, MA 02115

tel: +1 (617) 432-1039