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:
  • Websites:


  • 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

  • CHEM 590: Special Topics in Chemistry
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical 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

  • Payne, CK, A protein corona primer for physical chemists., The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol 151 no. 13 (2019) [10.1063/1.5120178] [abs].
  • Morris, JD; Payne, CK, Microscopy and Cell Biology: New Methods and New Questions., Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, vol 70 (2019), pp. 199-218 [10.1146/annurev-physchem-042018-052527] [abs].
  • Jayaram, DT; Kumar, A; Kippner, LE; Ho, PY; Kemp, ML; Fan, Y; Payne, CK, TiO2 nanoparticles generate superoxide and alter gene expression in human lung cells, Rsc Adv., vol 9 no. 43 (2019), pp. 25039-25047 [10.1039/c9ra04037d] [abs].
  • 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].