The Truong lab is located in Manhattan in the new Bioengineering Institute, just blocks away from NYU School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital, and the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences in NYC. We share an open space with the laboratories of Alesha Castillo, Mary Cowman, and Mike Wosczyna. We are also joined on the floor by Andreas Hielscher and Thorsten Kirsch.

Lab Outing Nov 2021
Lab Outing Nov 2021

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Lab Outing Nov 2021
Lab Outing Nov 2021

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Empire State from Lunch Room
Empire State from Lunch Room

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Lab Outing Nov 2021
Lab Outing Nov 2021

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Research Team

PhD student, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering @NYU Tandon

MS and BS @Stony Brook University in Biomedical Engineering


I am originally from Queens, so I’ve been in NYC my whole life. I have a bachelor’s and master’s in biomedical engineering from Stony Brook University.  My research background is in synthetic biology, and my goal for my PhD is to use synthetic biology to design and create new disease treatments. My research interests include genetic engineering, immunology, and stem cell biology.

Fun Facts: I did a minor in studio art in college, I play piano and guitar, and I have a pet bird. 

Sarah Levovitz, MS
Sep 2021 -  present

PhD Students

MS Students

MS student, Biotechnolgy and Entrepreneurship @NYU Tandon

BS @University of Pennsylvania in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Hello! I’m from the small town of Cranford, NJ, which is not so far from the city. I’m currently a second year master’s student in the biotechnology and entrepreneurship program at NYU Tandon. Before coming to NYU, I got my bachelor’s in chemical and bimolecular engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, so if you need a good cheesesteak recommendation for a visit to Philadelphia, let me know! I’m very interested in oncology, neurodegenerative disorders, genetics, and the biotech industry.

Fun Facts: I am a professional theatre director and stage manager here in the city. I do photography and graphic design, and I’m very interested in activism.

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Susanna Jaramillo
Sep 2021 -  present

Principal Investigator

Postdoctoral Fellows


Prior Postdoc @Columbia University

PhD and BS @Arizona State University in Biochemistry


I’m originally from South Korea, but I call Arizona home. I explored various fields of science, from membrane protein biophysics (NMR) to CRISPR-transposon biochemistry and structural studies. I wanted to expand my scientific training to the application side of genome engineering, and I became interested in stem cell research and cell therapies.

Fun facts: I played the piano with the legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea on stage once. I am a passionate jazz fan, and I love cooking and baking.

Minjoo Kim, PhD
Dec 2021 -  present

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering @NYU Tandon

Associated Faculty, Dept. of Pathology @NYU School of Medicine

Member, Translational Immunology Center and Perlmutter Cancer Center

Program Director, MS in Bioinformatics @NYU Tandon Online

Postdoc @NYU Langone || PhD @UT Austin || BS @UC San Diego 


My research interests have spanned the entirety of biology, from development, genetics, to biotechnology. The commonality though has been editing the genome. I am continually fascinated by the mysteries within genomes, how and why they're arranged, and the possibilities of writing them anew. I'm originally from Southern California, and spent many years in Austin, TX. Before joining the faculty at NYU, I was employee #3 at a recently acquired biotech startup called Neochromosome Inc (now a subsidiary of Opentrons Robotics).

Fun Facts: Long ago I was a lindy hopper, played in a band, and did musical theater. Now you'll find me kayaking, hiking, and enjoying the city.

David Truong, PhD