Christina Graves, B.S.


Christina is a 4th year graduate student, and her research interests lie in understanding the dialogue that occurs between a host and its environment. She is particularly interested in the role that the intestinal epithelium plays in directing systemic immune responses and the rules and conditions under which environmental sensing mechanisms may go awry.

Her long term goal is to conduct research in intestinal immunobiology and to investigate how the intestinal interface may direct development of so-called diseases of civilization – specifically that of autoimmunity.

Christina received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011; she has a multidisciplinary research background spanning prebiotic chemistry and astrobiology, synthetic biology and molecular evolution, as well as the study of human inflammatory disease within an evolutionary context.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Graves, CL, Harden, SW, Lapato, M, Nelson, M, Amador, M, Sorenson, S, Frazier, CJ, and Wallet, SM. A Method for High Purity Intestinal Epithelial Cell From Adult Human and Murine Tissues for the Investigation of Innate Immune Function. J. Imm. Methods. Epub 2014 Sep 2. PMID:25193428. link
  • Kratzer, JT, Lanaspa, MA, Murphy, MN, Cicerchi, C, Graves, CL, Tipton, PA, Ortlund, EA, and Johnson, RJ. Evolutionary History and Metabolic Insights of Ancient Mammalian Uricases. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2014. March 11:111(10):3763-8 PMID: 24550457. link
  • Anumukonda, LN, Young, A, Lynn, DG, Buckley, R, Warrayat, A, Graves, CL, Bean, HD, and Hud, NV. Adenine Synthesis in a Model Prebiotic Reaction: Connecting Origin of Life Chemistry with Biology. J. Chem. Educ. 2011 Dec 1:88(12):1698-1701 PMID: 22075932. link