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Christine K. Payne

Yoh Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
534 Research Dr. #311, Wilkinson, Durham, NC 27708
534 Research Dr. #311, Wilkinson, Durham, NC 27708

Research Interests


Molecular mechanisms by which cells interact with nanomaterials with applications in nanomedicine and environmental exposure

Selected Grants


Mechanisms of Nanoparticle Modulation of Allergen-Induced Lung Disease

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by North Carolina State University · 2021 - 2026

Engineered DNA-particles to model immune events in systemic lupus erythematosus

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2023 - 2025

Enhancing Laser Lithotripsy via Nanoparticle Fine-Tuned NIR absorption

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2022 - 2025

Acquisition of a Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS) for Fundamental and Applied Biomedical Research, Education and Training

EquipmentMajor User · Awarded by North Carolina Biotechnology Center · 2024 - 2025

Engineering at the interface: Training interdisciplinary engineers at the PhD level

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Burroughs Wellcome Fund · 2024 - 2024

Mechanisms of Nanoparticle Modulation of Allergen-Induced Lung Disease

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by North Carolina State University · 2021 - 2026

Engineered DNA-particles to model immune events in systemic lupus erythematosus

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2023 - 2025

Enhancing Laser Lithotripsy via Nanoparticle Fine-Tuned NIR absorption

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2022 - 2025

Acquisition of a Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS) for Fundamental and Applied Biomedical Research, Education and Training

EquipmentMajor User · Awarded by North Carolina Biotechnology Center · 2024 - 2025

Engineering at the interface: Training interdisciplinary engineers at the PhD level

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Burroughs Wellcome Fund · 2024 - 2024

Duke University Program in Environmental Health

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2024

Engineering at the interface: Training interdisciplinary engineers at the PhD level

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Burroughs Wellcome Fund · 2022 - 2024

Pulmonary response to nanomaterial-ozone exposures

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2020 - 2023

Library of protein-nanoparticle interactions: Automated sample handling and low-cost proteomics

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2019 - 2023

Conducting Polymer Nanowires for Neural Modulation

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2015 - 2019

Fellowships, Gifts, and Supported Research


Seed Grant: Fostering an Integrated Faculty-Staff Community through Shared-Purpose Workshops · 2022 PI · Duke Office for Faculty Advancement

External Relationships


  • IonQ, Inc.

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies, institutions, or organizations listed above. This information is available to institutional leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.