Checo James Rorie


Checo James Rorie
College of Science and Technology


Hines Hall 300A
OtherSPIRE/Radiation Oncology / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
OtherBiochemistry/Cancer Research / New York University
Ph.D.Toxicology / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S.Biology / Clark Atlanta University


Checo J. Rorie was born in Monroe, NC. He graduated from Forest Hills High School, Marshville, NC, in 1994. He graduate from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA, in 1998 with a B.S. in Biology. He then attended and graduated from the Curriculum in Toxicology PhD program at UNC Chapel Hill in 2004. He did a postdoc at New York University in the Department of Biochemistry from 2004-2005. He did a second postdoc in the SPIRE Program and in the Radiation Oncology Department at UNC Chapel Hill from 2005-2008. He then joined the Department of Biology at NCA&T as an Adjunct Professor in 2008, and in 2010 was offered a tenure track position as the Professor of Genetics. He was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. He currently has a Cancer Genetics and Cancer Cell Biology lab where he trains and mentors high school, undergraduate, master, and doctoral students.

Research Interests

Cancer Cell Biology; Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Recent Publications

  • Mary Smith, Angela White, Kelsie Bernot, Cailisha Petty, Catherine White, Grace Byfield, Robert Newman, Roy Coomans, Checo Rorie, , (2019). (A Transformative Approach to Advising STEM Students at an HBCU Mary A. Smith, An). (Diversity in Higher Education) 22, pp. 291-316. Emerald Publishing Limited.
  • Tsdale Mehari, Checo Rorie, Sherette Godfrey, Radiah Minor, Sayo Fakayode (2017). (Influence of Arsenic (III), Cadmium (II), Chromium (VI), Mercury (II), and Lead (II) Ions on Human Triple Negative Breast Cancer (HCC1806) Cell Cytotoxicity and Cell Viability ). (1) 7, pp. 1-17. Journal of Chemical Health Risks.
  • Checo Rorie, Catherine White (2016). (BIOLOGY ORIENTATION: A Guide to Success as a Biology Major). (1) 1, pp. 150. Kendall Hunt.
  • Antonio Baines, Patrick Martin, Checo Rorie (2016). (Current and Emerging Targeting Strategies for Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer). In Kevin Pruitt, (Molecular and Cellular Changes in the Cancer Cell) 144, pp. 277-320.
  • Sherette Godfrey, Malcolm Moses, Checo Rorie (2015). (Cancer Associated MicroRNAs are Differentially Expressed in Triple Negative Breast Cancer and Normal Breast Cells). (9) 4, pp. 73–78. International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR).
  • Sherette Godfrey, Kashenya Gurley, Malcolm Moses, Brianna Arrington, Checo Rorie (2015). (Microarray analysis reveal differential expression of microRNAs in triple negative breast cancer and normal breast cells). (4) 5, International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications (IJSRP).
  • Veronic Stallings, Kashenya Gurley, Checo Rorie (2015). (Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cell Lines with TP53 Mutations are Able to Undergo Cell Death). (9) 4, pp. 1024–1028. International Journal of Science and Research.
  • A Saxena, Checo Rorie, D Dimitrova, Y Daniely, JA Borowiec (2006). (Nucleolin inhibits Hdm2 by multiple pathways leading to p53 stabilization). (55) 25, pp. 7274–7288. Oncogene.
  • Checo Rorie, BE Weissman (2004). (Ews/Fli-1 Chimeric Oncogene: Role in Neuronal Differentiation and Abrogation of p53).
  • Checo Rorie, Venetia Thomas, Pengchin Chen, Heather Pierce, John O’Bryan, Bernard Weissman (2004). (Molecular Biology, Pathobiology, and Genetics-The Ews/Fli-1 Fusion Gene Switches the Differentiation Program of Neuroblastomas to Ewing Sarcoma/Peripheral Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors.). (4) 64, pp. 1266–1277. Cancer Research.
  • Checo Rorie, Venetia Thomas, Pengchin Chen, Heather Pierce, John O’Bryan, Bernard Weissman (2004). (The Ews/Fli-1 fusion gene switches the differentiation program of neuroblastomas to Ewing sarcoma/peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumors). (4) 64, pp. 1266–1277. Cancer research.
  • Marc Cristofaro, Bryan Betz, Checo Rorie, David Reisman, Weidong Wang, Bernard Weissman (2001). (Characterization of SWI/SNF protein expression in human breast cancer cell lines and other malignancies). (1) 186, pp. 136–145. Journal of cellular physiology.