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Christine K. Payne

Christine K. Payne

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry

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 at Berkeley, 2003

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Jayaram, DT; Pustulka, SM; Mannino, RG; Lam, WA; Payne, CK, Protein Corona in Response to Flow: Effect on Protein Concentration and Structure., Biophysical Journal, vol 115 no. 2 (2018), pp. 209-216 [10.1016/j.bpj.2018.02.036] [abs].
  • Runa, S; Hussey, M; Payne, CK, Nanoparticle-Cell Interactions: Relevance for Public Health., Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol 122 no. 3 (2018), pp. 1009-1016 [10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b08650] [abs].
  • Thourson, SB; Payne, CK, Modulation of action potentials using PEDOT:PSS conducting polymer microwires, Scientific Reports, vol 7 no. 1 (2017) [10.1038/s41598-017-11032-3] [abs].
  • Runa, S; Lakadamyali, M; Kemp, ML; Payne, CK, TiO2 Nanoparticle-Induced Oxidation of the Plasma Membrane: Importance of the Protein Corona., Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol 121 no. 37 (2017), pp. 8619-8625 [10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b04208] [abs].
  • Morris, JD; Thourson, SB; Panta, KR; Flanders, BN; Payne, CK, Conducting polymer nanowires for control of local protein concentration in solution, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, vol 50 no. 17 (2017), pp. 174003-174003 [10.1088/1361-6463/aa60b0] [abs].