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Christine K. Payne


Yoh Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Appointments and Affiliations

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

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 534 Research Dr. #311, Wilkinson, Durham, NC 27708
  • 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

    • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
    • ME 391: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
    • ME 412: Modern Materials
    • ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

    In the News

    Representative Publications

    • Poulsen, KM; Payne, CK, Concentration and composition of the protein corona as a function of incubation time and serum concentration: an automated approach to the protein corona., Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, vol 414 no. 24 (2022), pp. 7265-7275 [10.1007/s00216-022-04278-y] [abs].
    • Rayens, NT; Cook, KJ; McKinley, SA; Payne, CK, Transport of lysosomes decreases in the perinuclear region: Insights from changepoint analysis., Biophysical Journal, vol 121 no. 7 (2022), pp. 1205-1218 [10.1016/j.bpj.2022.02.032] [abs].
    • Han, X; Payne, CK, Effect of Thioflavin T on the Elongation Rate of Bacteria, Bioelectricity, vol 4 no. 1 (2022), pp. 12-17 [10.1089/bioe.2021.0027] [abs].
    • 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].

    Affiliate Topics in Materials Research