Christine Dunn

Christine Dunn graduated in May of 2022 with a B.S. in Chemistry from Winthrop University located in Rock Hill, SC.  She has a long-standing interest in science and mathematics, so when she started college, she was eager to join a lab and start doing research.  During her freshman year, she joined a bacteriophage lab where she learned how to isolate and sequence viral DNA as a part of the SEA-PHAGES program. That summer she was recruited to join the lab of Dr. Jason Hurlbert in the Chemistry Department at Winthrop University.  While in his lab, Christine concentrated on projects in the field of structural biology and protein kinetics and had the opportunity to optimize techniques in protein purification, crystallography, and surface plasmon resonance. Through her time in the lab, she gained an understanding of the importance of small molecule drug development and how it relates to protein structure. She embarked on her graduate studies at St. Jude with the goal of joining a lab where she could develop and utilize her skills to develop treatment options for infectious agents.