Christine Orme Ph.D.

Orme, Christine
Position Department / Business Unit
Staff Scientist Chemical Biology and Nuclear Science Division
Institution Disciplines
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Physics
City State / Provence
Livermore CA
Country Website
U.S.A. link
(925) 422-6892
Research Areas
Biomineralization, biomimetic synthesis, physics of assembly, corrosion, in situ methods for investigating interfacial dynamics


B.S., physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1986; Ph.D., physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1995

Career Highlights


2005-2006 Acting Director for Physical Biosciences Institute, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

2005-2006 Scientific Capability Leader for Physical Biosciences group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

1999-present Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

2001-2004 Group leader for Passive Film component of the Yucca Mountain Project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

2002-2005 Scientific Capability Leader for Biophysical and Interfacial Sciences group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

2001-2002 Acting Scientific Capability Leader for Biophysical and Interfacial Sciences group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

1996-1999 Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

1988-1995 Graduate Research Assistant, University of Michigan, Physics

• Materials Research Society Meeting Chair Spring 2008
• Conference Organizing Committee International Summer School for Crystal Growth and Epitaxy 2007
• Materials Research Society Bulletin Volume Organizer 2006
• LLNL Leadership Development program 2005
• Fellowship board member, Institute of Complex Adaptive Matter, Santa Fe, NM 2003-
• Organizer for symposium “Biological and Bio-Inspired Materials and Devices” Spring MRS meeting, San Francisco, CA (4/2002 & 4/2004), “Biocrystallization”, American Association of Crystal Growers (2003), "Modeling of Morphological Evolution at Surfaces and Interfaces”, Fall MRS meeting, Boston, MA (12/2004).
• Invited discussion leader for: Control of nucleation and morphology, Thin film and crystal growth mechanisms, Mount Holyoke College, MA (6/2003), Symposium on Stress Proteins: From Antifreeze to Heat Shock, Bodega Bay, CA (3/2003)
• Reviewer for: Physical Review B, J. Phys Chem, J. Crystal Growth, Basic Energy Sciences, National Science Foundation, Biophysical Journal, J. Biomedical Research, Marine Biology Progress Series, Crystal Growth and Design, Acta Biomaterialia
• Interviewed by LLNL Public Relations Office on Tri-Valley public TV regarding biomineralization and PECASE award (2001 and 2004).


• 2002 Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE).
Citation: For her work on understanding the physical mechanisms of biomineralization and the development of force microscopy-based methods of investigating mineralization at the nanoscale (awarded in 2004)
• 2002 Office of Science Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award
• 2001 Science and Technology Award from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for work in biomineralization (two awarded Labwide per year)
• Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory achievement awards:
o Excellence in publication award 2006
o Special congratulatory award (for PECASE) 2004
o Energy and Environment certificate of accomplishment (for Yucca Mountain Project) 2004
o Excellence in publication award 2004
o Leadership achievement award 2003
o Scientific achievement award 2002

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