About Me

Welcome to my website! My name is Chris and I’m a Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Systems Pharmacology program at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to starting grad school, I worked to develop new molecular assays and custom laboratory equipment at the US CDC: combining my scientific and engineering acumen to expand the capabilities of CDC scientists across the agency. I have also spent several years in K-12 education where I introduced new insights and technologies into classrooms to enhance the success of 21st-century learners. I have a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Bioinformatics, both from Georgia Tech, with research experience that ranges from inorganic materials synthesis to high-throughput genomic data analysis.

When not in the lab, I can be found growing gourmet mushrooms, gardening, or spending time with my partner and tiny dog.


Monaco, Christopher M., Ellen Jorgensen, and Sarah Ware. “The One Hour COVID Test: A Rapid Colorimetric Reverse-Transcription LAMP–Based COVID-19 Test Requiring Minimal Equipment.” Journal of Biomolecular Techniques : JBT 32, no. 3 (September 2021): 134–36. https://doi.org/10.7171/jbt.21-3203-008.
Paunovska, Kalina, Cory D. Sago, Christopher M. Monaco, William H. Hudson, Marielena Gamboa Castro, Tobi G. Rudoltz, Sujay Kalathoor, et al. “A Direct Comparison of in Vitro and in Vivo Nucleic Acid Delivery Mediated by Hundreds of Nanoparticles Reveals a Weak Correlation.” Nano Letters 18, no. 3 (March 14, 2018): 2148–57. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b00432.
Sago, Cory D., Melissa P. Lokugamage, Kalina Paunovska, Daryll A. Vanover, Christopher M. Monaco, Nirav N. Shah, Marielena Gamboa Castro, et al. “High-Throughput in Vivo Screen of Functional MRNA Delivery Identifies Nanoparticles for Endothelial Cell Gene Editing.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115, no. 42 (October 16, 2018): E9944–52. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1811276115.
Wilkinson, Angus P., Ryan E. Josefsberg, Leighanne C. Gallington, Cody R. Morelock, and Christopher M. Monaco. “History-Dependent Thermal Expansion in NbO2F.” Journal of Solid State Chemistry 213 (May 1, 2014): 38–42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jssc.2014.02.003.