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Christine K. Payne


Yoh Family Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Yoh Family Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Director of Graduate Studies in the Thomas Lord Department Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 701 W. Main St., Office 4306, Chesterfield Building, Durham, NC 27701
  • Office Phone: (919) 681-2096
  • Email Address:
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  • Ph.D. University of California - Berkeley, 2003

Research Interests

Molecular mechanisms by which cells interact with materials, specifically nanoparticles and conducting polymers, with applications in nanomedicine and environmental exposure

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

    Courses Taught

    • CHEM 590: Special Topics in Chemistry
    • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
    • ME 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
    • ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study

    In the News

    Representative Publications

    • Jayaram, DT; Payne, CK, Food-Grade TiO2 Particles Generate Intracellular Superoxide and Alter Epigenetic Modifiers in Human Lung Cells., Chemical Research in Toxicology, vol 33 no. 11 (2020), pp. 2872-2879 [10.1021/acs.chemrestox.0c00331] [abs].
    • Griffith, DM; Jayaram, DT; Spencer, DM; Pisetsky, DS; Payne, CK, DNA-nanoparticle interactions: Formation of a DNA corona and its effects on a protein corona., Biointerphases, vol 15 no. 5 (2020) [10.1116/6.0000439] [abs].
    • Poulsen, KM; Pho, T; Champion, JA; Payne, CK, Automation and low-cost proteomics for characterization of the protein corona: experimental methods for big data., Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, vol 412 no. 24 (2020), pp. 6543-6551 [10.1007/s00216-020-02726-1] [abs].
    • Jayaram, DT; Payne, CK, Intracellular Generation of Superoxide by TiO2 Nanoparticles Decreases Histone Deacetylase 9 (HDAC9), an Epigenetic Modifier., Bioconjugate Chemistry, vol 31 no. 5 (2020), pp. 1354-1361 [10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.0c00091] [abs].
    • Payne, CK, A protein corona primer for physical chemists., The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol 151 no. 13 (2019) [10.1063/1.5120178] [abs].

    Affiliate Topics in Materials Research