Christine Byrum

College of Charleston

Address: RITA 233, Department of Biology, Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843.953.7176


Ph.D., 2001, University of Texas at Austin
M.S., 1991, Clemson University

Research Interests

  • Potential roles of nuclear transport proteins in early developmental processes
  • Cell specification and signal transduction 
  • Evolution and development of endoderm and mesoderm in marine invertebrates
  • Cnidarian gastrulation 


  • Romano, L, CA Byrum, PY Lee, & R Morris. 2018. Exploring the sea urchin genome with undergraduates using bioinformatic tools. Methods in Cell Biology, 150. In Press.
  • Hanauer, DI, MJ Graham, SEA-PHAGES, L Betancur, A Bobrownicki, SG Cresawn, RA Garlena, B Jacobs-Sera, N Kaufmann, WH Pope, DA Russell, WR Jacobs, V Sivanathan, DJ Asai, & GF Hatfull. 2017. An inclusive research-education community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 114(51):13531–36.
  • Byrum, CA, JP Smith, MC Bridges, & MR Easterling. 2014. Restricted expression of karyopherin alpha mRNA in the sea urchin suggests a role in neurogenesis. Gene Expr Patterns, 16(1): 51-60.
  • Byrum, CA & AH Wikramanayake. 2013. Nuclearization of β‑catenin in ectodermal precursors confers organizer-like ability to induce endomesoderm and pattern a pluteus larva. EvoDevo, 4:31.
  • Hendricks, W, CA Byrum, & E Meyer-Bernstein. 2012. Circadian behavior of the starlet sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis. PLoS One, 7(10):e46843. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046843.
  • Byrum, CA. 2012.  A gathering of minds: expanding understanding of the origins of biological diversity and the evolution of developmental mechanisms.  EvoDevo, 3: 5.
  • Byrum, CA, NM Wijesena, & AH Wikramanayake. 2012. Autonomous cell fate specification: overview. In: eLS 2012, John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Chichester [DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902. a0001148.pub3].
  • Byrum, CA, R Xu, JM Bince, DR McClay, & AH Wikramanayake.  2009.  Blocking Dishevelled  signaling in the noncanonical Wnt pathway in sea urchins disrupts endoderm formation and spiculogenesis, but not secondary mesoderm formation.  Dev Dynamics, 238(7): 1649-1665.