Mulligan Lab Team
Our 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 the NYU Langone 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.
Marie Samanovic-Golden, PhD
Dr. Marie Samanovic-Golden is the laboratory manager and assistant director of scientific integration for the NYU Langone Vaccine Center. She earned a MS from Pierre et Marie Curie University and a PhD in parasitology from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She worked as a post-doctoral 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 post-doc, where she continued research on Mycobacterium tuberculosis resulting in the breakthrough discovery of phytohormone production by tuberculosis human pathogen. After her post-doctoral experiences, Dr. Samanovic-Golden joined the New York Academy of Sciences as a manager for Life Sciences Programming before joining the Vaccine Center in 2019.
Amber Cornelius, MS
Amber Cornelius is an associate research scientist for the NYU Langone Vaccine Center. Amber has a BA in biochemistry and molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, and a MS in biology from the University of Colorado. Her research experience includes investigating the host immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, and copy number and gene expression profiling of pulmonary hypertension. She joined the Vaccine Center in July of 2019. Amber's hobbies include running, skiing, hiking, and baking.
Trishala Karmacharya, BS
Trishala Karmacharya is a research associate for the NYU Langone 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.
Michael Tuen, BS, BA
Michael Tuen is an associate research scientist for the NYU Langone Vaccine Center. Michael has a BA in biology from New York University and a BS in medical laboratory sciences from the Hunter College School of Health Sciences of the City University of New York. His research interests 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 processing and presentation of HIV-1 gp120 antigen. He joined the Vaccine Center in February 2021. Michael is a native New Yorker whose hobbies include traveling, snorkeling, camping, snowboarding, and bowling.
Jimmy Wilson, BS
Jimmy Wilson is a research technician for the NYU Langone 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 of 2020. Jimmy's hobbies include playing basketball, reading, general fitness, and travel.
Laura Frye, MPH
Laura Frye is a laboratory data analyst/SAS programmer at IQVIA, The Human Data Science CompanyTM. During her tenure with the Mulligan lab, Ms. Frye served as a senior research technician for the NYU Langone 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, GA. Dr. Lai was a critical member of the Mulligan lab and served as a research associate professor during the creation of the NYU Langone Vaccine Center.