Christina Rathwell

Research Focus:

We have known for decades that viruses are an extremely abundant component of marine ecosystems. Through predation and gene transfer they are able to impact host community composition, and through infection and lysis they impact the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients. However, without the complete characterizations of these abundant entities, including who their hosts are and specific infection dynamics between virus and host, the total effect on global biogeochemical cycles by viruses remains unknown. My current research focus is on developing and utilizing molecular and computational tools to determine virus-host pairs in the marine environment, and even capturing active viral infections of hosts in sampled water.


Personal Interests:

When I’m not science-ing I am usually spending time with my family, which includes one partner, an infant, two dogs and three cats. We like to run, bike, cook, hike and garden.



2015-Present Graduate student       University of Washington School of Oceanography

2012                Masters in Teaching    University of Washington School of Education

2011                B.S. Biology                 University of Washington



2017    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

2018    McManus Excellence in Teaching Award

2011    Vopni Scholar

2011    Jane and Paul Crowder Endowment Recipient

2011    Knowles Science Teacher Foundation Finalist