Lab Members

Sichen (Susan) Shao

Sichen (Susan) Shao

Principal Investigator

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Google_scholar   ORCID   @sshao714

Susan trained with Manu Hegde, first as a PhD student in the Johns Hopkins - NIH partnerships program, and then as a postdoc at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology


Alexander Keszei

Postdoctoral Fellow

alexander_keszei [at]

Alex is originally from Canada, where he trained with Frank Sicheri at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in the Department of Molecular Genetics at UofT.


Michael McKenna

Postdoctoral Fellow

michael_mckenna [at]
AHA Fellow

Mike is from the UK and did his PhD with Prof. Stephen High at the University of Manchester.


Matthew Yip

Graduate Student (BBS)

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Matthew is from Singapore and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge. He enjoys watching anime and practicing kendo.

Sam Sedor

Samantha Sedor

Graduate Student (BBS)

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Sam is from Philadelphia, where she did her undergraduate research with Virginia Lee at the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of lab, she likes to go hiking and camping.


Vincent Chu

Graduate Student (Chemical Biology)

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NDSEG Fellow

Vincent is from New Jersey and did his undergraduate research with Celeste Nelson at Princeton University. When he's not working with proteins, he enjoys baking, hiking, and solving crosswords with friends.



Lab Dog

bark [at] squirrels

Sage moved to Boston from Texas. She is trained to sit, stay, shake, high-five, lie down, roll over, catch, jump, and (usually) come when called.



Lab Dog

Max was born in Tennessee and now lives with Alex. He loves to cuddle and nap, and is hard at work on his potty training degree!



Ta-Chien Hsieh
Visiting Undergraduate Student


Puneet Gupta
Undergraduate Student
2016-2017, then GWU (MD)
Charlie Li
Visiting Student
2016-2017, then UCLA (PhD)
Qing Feng
Postdoctoral Fellow
2017-2018, then MIT (PD)
Yan Cheng
Visiting Student
2018-2019, then Yale (PhD)
Jerry Wei
CRSP Summer Student
2019, currently at UNC