Christopher B. Lawrence

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
215 Life Sciences I Building (MC 0910)
970 Washington Street SW
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Major Field of Interest

Fungal pathogenesis and human respiratory disease

Current Research

  1. The role of fungi in invasive and chronic respiratory disorders including asthma, allergic rhinitis, and chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS)
  2. Molecular immunobiology of allergens and other proinflammatory proteins from fungi
  3. Alternaria genome sequencing, annotation, and development of database platforms
  4. Hormone-protein interactions including human and plant systems with a particular emphasis on NSAID allergy
  5. Fungal Biotechnology
  • 2016-present Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • 2003-2015 Associate Professor Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • 2003-present Faculty Affiliate, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University
  • 2000-2003 Assistant Professor of Genomics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • 1998-2000 Staff Scientist III, Director of Plant Disease Resistance Biotechnology Program, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • 1998: Ph.D., Molecular Fungal-Host Interactions, Plant Pathology, Auburn University, AL
  • 1993: M.S., Molecular Fungal-Host Interactions, Plant Pathology, Auburn University, AL
  • 1993: Practical Training Period, Molecular Biology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • 1990: B.S., Microbiology, minor Chemistry, Auburn University, AL
  • 2002 NSF Plant Genome Young Investigator (8 awards nationally)
  • 1998 Certificate in Plant Molecular Biology, Auburn University (1st award given)
  • 1996 Travel Fellowship, 6th International MPMI Conference,
  • 1993 Invited Scholar, Wageningen University
  • 1990-1998 Competitive Graduate Research Fellowship, Auburn University