About me


I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chapel Hill at North Carolina.

From 2016-2018 I was a Helmsley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology at the Rockefeller University in New York.

Education. In early 2016, I completed my PhD at the University of Florida in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Shannon M. Wallet. I received my B.S. in Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Gaucher.

Research Interests. I am fundamentally interested in understanding the dialogue that occurs between a host and its environment. Particularly, my interest is piqued by the role that intestinal epithelium play in directing systemic immune responses and by the rules and conditions under which environmental sensing mechanisms of the intestine may go awry. My long term goal is to conduct research in intestinal immunobiology and neuroimmunology to investigate how the intestinal interface may direct development of so-called diseases of civilization – specifically that of autoimmunity.

I have a multidisciplinary background spanning prebiotic chemistry and astrobiology, synthetic biology and molecular evolution, as well as the study of human inflammatory diseases within an evolutionary context. While at the Georgia Institute of Technology, I participated in several concurrently running research projects and was also involved in several team-based research programs including my membership at the Mars Desert Research Station (Crew 101) and the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition. I performed undergraduate research in the labs of Dr. Nicholas Hud and Dr. Eric Gaucher.


I have worked as a freelance, commission-based artist for over ten years and often combine my love of science and art in my work.

Digital Biomedical Illustration. I employ digital illustration tools for creating scientific and biological illustrations for use in scientific publications and presentations.  Examples of biological illustrations can be found here.

Coloring books. I’m currently working on completing & publishing a coloring book for adults. Individual coloring pages can be purchased at my Etsy Shop RebelHeart | SciArt

Commission. I am enthusiastically available for commissioned works of both digital and print art, both science-inspired and otherwise. Please e-mail me at graves.christina@gmail to discuss your specific project.

Visit my page at Studio6 to purchase prints & and other fun things (like coffee mugs with my illustrations on it!)