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


We welcome inquiries from individuals who share our aspirations of being (and supporting) scientists who are curious, inclusive, 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 rotations. 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.

We also consider inquiries from undergraduate students at Boston-area colleges with co-op or work-study credit programs. Preference will be given to students who are able to participate in the lab regularly for at least one semester. Prospective summer students should apply to our department's internship program or other research support programs at their universities.


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