Christine Vazquez

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Headshot of Christine VazquezMGM Graduate Student (2013)
Horner Lab
0047 CARL, DUMC 3053
Durham, N.C. 27710
Phone: 919.684.2319
Fax: 919.613.8646


Research Interests: Host-virus interactions, Innate Immunity

I was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, and left the lovely Garden State to pursue my BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Johns Hopkins University. While an undergraduate, I studied the roles of microRNAs in progression to inflammatory bowel disease-related cancer in the lab of Dr. Stephen Meltzer. I earned my MS in Biotechnology/Biodefense at Johns Hopkins University and during this time, I was a research technician in the lab of Dr. Valeria Culotta. In the Culotta lab, I worked on identifying targets of manganese toxicity using metabolomics in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and also worked on characterizing superoxide dismutase activity in the Lyme disease pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi.

Here at Duke, I joined Dr. Stacy Horner’s laboratory, where I am studying the mechanisms by which hepatitis C virus evades and regulates the host innate immune response during early times of infection. To address this, we are designing stable CRISPR knockout cell lines of innate immunity genes and cytosolic viral sensors.

When not in lab, I love reading, watching Netflix, rooting for the Yankees and Jets, and hope to head out to a Durham Bulls game in the spring.