Mulligan Lab Team
The Mulligan Lab’s dedicated team of scientists brings a wealth of experience to support the development of effective vaccines, therapeutic products, diagnostics, and predictive markers intended for clinical use.
The Thomas S. Murphy Sr. Professor, Department of Medicine
Professor, Department of Microbiology
Dr. Mulligan is the director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology in the Department of Medicine and director of NYU Langone’s Vaccine Center. An international leader in infectious disease research programs, Dr. Mulligan was among the first to enroll patients in a clinical trial of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic. Before coming to NYU Langone in 2018, Dr. Mulligan held several positions at Emory University, including associate division director for clinical and translational research in the Division of Infectious Diseases, and executive director of the Hope Clinic, the clinical trial arm of the Emory Vaccine Center. In those roles he focused both on vaccine clinical trials and on immune system studies that yielded vaccine candidates for HIV and other viruses.
Dr. Samanovic-Golden is an assistant research professor and the program director of the Vaccine Center. She earned a MS from Pierre et Marie Curie University and a PhD in parasitology from NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow for the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases in Singapore on anti-mycobacterial tuberculosis drug development. She then joined the laboratory of Heran Darwin, PhD, at NYU Langone for a second postdoc, where she continued research on Mycobacterium tuberculosis resulting in the breakthrough discovery of phytohormone production by tuberculosis human pathogen. After her postdoctoral experiences, Dr. Samanovic-Golden joined the New York Academy of Sciences as a manager for Life Sciences Programming before joining the Vaccine Center in July 2019.
Aaron Oom, PhD
Dr. Oom is a postdoctoral fellow in the Mulligan Lab. He earned his BS from Michigan State University in 2012 and his PhD from the University of California, San Diego in the lab of John Guatelli in 2021 before starting with the Vaccine Center in January 2022. His doctoral work focused on the use of machine learning in analyzing HIV Nef’s effect on cellular processes, as well as explorations of HIV and SARS-CoV-2 basic virology. Dr. Oom’s work in the Vaccine Center focuses on the development of more universal influenza and coronavirus vaccines using virus like particles (VLPs). When not in the lab, Dr. Oom enjoys exploring New York City, catching a Broadway show, or trying out new recipes.
Shelby Goins, BSc
Shelby Goins is a research technician for the Vaccine Center. Shelby has a BS in biology from Georgia State University. Her research experience includes evaluating blood products and technology at the University of Cincinnati Hoxworth Blood Center. She also has research experience in developmental biology, investigating the monogamous behavior of Convict Cichlids using polymerase chain reaction and in situ hybridization. She joined the Vaccine Center in July 2021. Shelby’s hobbies include running, reading, and traveling.
Trishala Karmacharya, BSc
Trishala Karmacharya is a research associate for the Vaccine Center. Trishala has a BS in biochemistry and a minor in mathematics from the Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research experience includes identifying molecular-targeted therapy of glioblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma cells by utilizing CRISPR technology and evaluating FDA-approved and novel chemotherapeutics. She joined the Vaccine Center in November of 2020. Trishala's hobbies include aquascaping, painting, writing, and cooking.
Meron Tasissa, BSc
Meron Tasissa is a research technician for the Vaccine Center. Meron has a BS in biomedical lab science and clinical research from Boston University. Her research experience includes adeno-associated virus (AAV) therapeutics, gene delivery techniques using CRISPR-Cas9, and investigating ways to improve viral vector production. She Joined the Vaccine Center in March 2021. Meron’s hobbies include singing and volunteering.
Michael Tuen, BSc, BA
Michael Tuen is the laboratory manager for the Vaccine Center. Michael has a BA in biology from NYU and a BS in medical laboratory sciences from Hunter College, School of Health Sciences. His research experience includes evaluating the use of immune complex vaccines to enhance the antibody response to neutralizing epitopes of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) envelope protein, as well as the characterization of antibodies that inhibit the processing and presentation of HIV-1 gp120 antigen. He joined the Vaccine Center in February 2021. Michael is a native New Yorker and his hobbies include traveling, snorkeling, camping, snowboarding, and bowling.
Jimmy Wilson, BSc
Jimmy Wilson is a senior research technician for the Vaccine Center. Jimmy holds a BS in molecular and cellular biology from Ohio University. His research experience includes investigating virulent factors of human cytomegalovirus and the role of crucial B-cell proteins to the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He joined the Vaccine Center in September 2020. Jimmy's hobbies include playing basketball, reading, general fitness, and travel.
Miilani Yonatan, BSc
Miilani Yonatan is a laboratory assistant for the Vaccine Center. Miilani has a BS in biology with a concentration in biotechnology and a minor in bioengineering from George Mason University. Her research experience includes organizing special education student profiles and transcribing special investigation interviews with the behavioral data of students with learning disabilities. Miilani joined the Vaccine Center in September 2022. Miilani’s hobbies include watching anime, reading short novels, baking, and board games.
Abdonnie Holder, BSc
Abdonnie Holder is an animal care technician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Ms. Holder served as a laboratory assistant for the Vaccine Center.
Denise Rogers, MS
Denise Rogers will be attending Rutgers University for her graduate studies in Fall 2022.
Amber Cornelius, MA
Amber Cornelius is an associate scientist at Hexagon Bio. Ms. Cornelius served as an associate research scientist for the Vaccine Center.
Laura Frye, MPH
Laura Frye is a laboratory data analyst/SAS programmer at IQVIA, The Human Data Science Company. During her tenure with the Mulligan Lab, Ms. Frye served as a senior research technician for the Vaccine Center.
Lilin Lai, MD
Dr. Lilin Lai is a senior scientist in the Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit of the Hope Clinic, the clinical trial arm of the Emory School of Medicine’s Vaccine Center in Decatur, Georgia. Dr. Lai was a critical member of the Mulligan Lab and served as a research associate professor during the creation of the Vaccine Center.