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The Payne Lab

July, 2013. From left to right, Front Row: Emilie, Sathvik, Saheli, Candace, Kaitlyn, Sabiha, Chelsea. Back Row: Austin, Deb, Alex, Josh, Christine, Kerry, Srikant.


Principal Investigator

Christine K. Payne, CV

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bioengineering Graduate Program, Program Faculty
Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences
Christine received an B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Post Docs

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Graduate Students


Undergraduate Students

Chelsea Thompson
Chelsea is a 4th year Biochemistry major studying nanoparticle-cell interactions as a function of nanoparticle surface modification.
Nina Mohebbi
Nina is a 2nd year Biomedical Engineering major who is working with the Platt Lab (BME) on ways to image lysosome secretion.


Edward Zhang
Edward is a 4th year Electrical Engineering major working on electrically modeling cells in order to facilitate the cellular incorporation of conducting polymers.

Lab Technicians

Emilie Warren
Emilie is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. She is currently studying the effect that cellular binding of nanoparticles has on the transmembrane potential.

Past Students

Syeda Anum (Summer 11, REU from Northeastern University)
Syeda is currently a research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Patrick Chen (Spring 12 - Spring 13, GT undergraduate)

Austin Cyphersmith (Fall 12 - Fall 13, Postdoc)
Austin works for Princeton Instruments in New Jersey.

Gerard Dooley (Spring 10 - Spring 12, Postdoc)
Ger is a pharmaceutical consultant.

Nicole Fay (Spring 07 - Spring 08, GT undergraduate)
Nicole is a NSF Graduate Fellow in the Chemical Biology Graduate Program at the University of California, Berkeley in the lab of Prof. Jay Groves.

Solaire Finkenstaedt-Quinn (Summer 09, REU from Macalester University)
Solaire is a Ph.D. student in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota in the lab of Prof. Christy Haynes.

Molly Flanagan (Summer 12 - January 13, Lab Technician)
Molly is a nursing student at Georgia State University.

Kevin Hardin (Fall 08 - Spring 09, GT undergraduate)

Jesse Haulk (Spring 08 - Summer 08, GT undergraduate)

Steven Hira (Fall 11 - Spring 13, Postdoc)
Steven is a postdoc in the El-Sayed lab at Georgia Tech.

Chip Humprhies (Fall 06 - Summer 11, Graduate Student)
Chip is a Microscopy and Imaging Specialist for B&B Microscopes.

Ashlee St. John Iyer (Summer 08 - Fall 09, Postdoc)

H. Cori Jekot (Spring 10 - Fall 10, GT undergraduate)
Cori is a medical student at the Medical College of Georgia.

Kelsey Killion (Spring 12, GT undergraduate)

Joseph Kim (August 11 - November 12, GT undergraduate)
Joseph is a technician at Medical Neurogenetics.

Umesh Kumar (December 11 - November 12, Postdoc)

Rachel Candace Law (Summer 12, LINCR Fellow, GT undergraduate)

Joshua Liu (Spring 10 - Spring 12, GT undergraduate)

Don-Ricardo Miller (Spring 09 - Summer 10, Postdoc)

Sathvik Namburar (Summer 13, High School student from Woodward Academy)

Jessica Obermiller (Spring 11, GT undergraduate)

Melinda Ogden (Fall 07 - Spring 09, M.S.)

Paul Park (Spring 10, GT undergraduate)

Eddy Shin (Fall 11 - Summer 13, Lab Technician)

Katelyn Snider (Summer 10, High School Student)

Hursh Sureka (Spring 11 - Spring 13, GT undergraduate)

Craig Szymanski (Fall 09 - Summer 11, Postdoc)
Currently a postdoc at PNNL.

Jenna Tomlinson (Summer 08, REU from Grand Valley State University)
Jenna is a Ph.D. student in the Program in Biomedical Science at the University of Michigan Medical School in the lab of Prof. Pat O'Brien.

Son Tran (Summer 12, GT undergraduate)

Kaitlyn Willingham (Spring 13- Summer 13, GT undergraduate)

Jairo Zapata (Fall 09 - Summer 12)
Jairo is off to Austin, TX.