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Christine Payne
Duke University

Christine Payne is the Yoh Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. Her research focuses on understanding how cells interact with nanomaterials. This includes fundamental questions of nanoparticle transport within cells, as well as applied research to understand the pulmonary response to the inhalation of nanoparticles in a manufacturing setting. Her team uses an interdisciplinary approach that includes elements of materials science, chemistry, biophysics, and lab automation. She teaches classes on the quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics of materials including a class on the “Materials Science of Science Fiction.” She earned a S.B. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago (1998) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (2003). Prof. Payne spent 2003-2006 as an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. Prof. Payne has received many honors including an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2009) and a DARPA Young Faculty Award (2011). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
Office of Critical Technology Protection

Christine Payne is a Jefferson Science Fellow in the Office of Critical Technology Protection (CTP). CTP develops foreign policy to protect U.S. critical technologies and to counter the malign influence and destabilizing behavior of competitive powers. The office works to implement policies that protect America's technological and military advantage, and deny, delay, and disrupt adversaries.