The Truong lab shares an open space with the laboratories of Alesha Castillo (left) and Mary Cowman (right). We are also joined on the floor by Andreas Hielscher and Thorsten Kirsch. We occupy a new facility a few blocks away from NYU School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital, and the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences.


Research Team

PhD student, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering @NYU Tandon

M.S. and B.S. @Stony Brook 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
2021 -  present

Principal Investigator​


Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering @NYU Tandon || Associated Faculty, Dept. of Pathology and Translational Immunology Center @NYU School of Medicine ||  Academic Program Director, MS in Bioinformatics NYU Tandon Online

Ph.D. @UT Austin || B.S. @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 worked at a recently acquired biotech startup called Neochromosome Inc.

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

PhD Students

MS Students

M.S. student, Biotechnolgy and Entrepreneurship @NYU Tandon

B.S. @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
2021 -  present