Katherine J. Franz

Katherine J. Franz
Alexander F. Hehmeyer Professor of Chemistry
Amgen Faculty Mentor
Campus mail: 2103 French Science Center, 124 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-1541

Research in the Franz group is involved in elucidating the structural and functional consequences of metal ion coordination in biological systems. We are particularly interested in understanding the coordination chemistry utilized by biology to manage essential yet toxic species like copper and iron. Understanding these principles further guides our development of new chemical tools to manipulate biological metal ion location, speciation, and reactivity for potential therapeutic benefit. We use a combination of synthesis, spectroscopy, and biochemistry in our work. Please visit our group website to learn more about our research.

Education and Training

  • Wellesley College, B.A. 1995
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. 2000