People in the Franks' Lab

Robert G. Franks, Ph.D. (Bob)

Email: rgfranks@ncsu.edu
Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tufts University - 1986
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience from the University of California at Los Angeles - 1994
  • Postdoctoral Research in Molecular Genetics of Floral Development at the University of Maryland - 1998-2001
  • Postdoctoral Research in Molecular Genetics of Floral Development at the University of California at Berkeley - 2001-2003

I got my Ph.D. with Steve Crews from the Interdepartmental Program for Neuroscience at UCLA. I then did postdoctoral work with Zhongchi Liu at the University of Maryland, College Park and with Bob Fischer at UC Berkeley. See Research for more information.

April Wynn, M.Sc.

Email: anwynn2@ncsu.edu
Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Natural Science from McMurry University - 2004 - graduated summa cum laude
  • Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University - 2006
  • Earning Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics from North Carolina State University - 2008-Ongoing

I am a Genetics Graduate Student working on identifying further SEU, SLK, and LUG protein interaction in Arabidopsis thaliana. In Arabidopsis thaliana, AGAMOUS (AG) gene expression is required for proper development of floral origin identity. Previous studies have identified a host of other proteins that interact in a complex with AG. SEUSS (SEU), a transcriptional adaptor, physically interacts with LEUNIG (LUG) to repress AG expression. In addition, SEUSS-LIKE (SLK) proteins have been found that show functional redundancy with SEU, but it has not been established that they physically bind to LUG. Through the use of yeast-two-hybrid experiments interactions between different full length proteins and smallest interaction domains are being assayed for interactions with SLK1, SEU, and LUG. The biological significance of these interactions are being examined through the use of single, double, and triple mutant plants with SEU and SLK1.

Bhupinder sehra, M.Sc.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • Earning Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics from North Carolina State University - 2011-Ongoing

Michael Schwartz

michael
Education:

  • Earning a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University - 2010-Ongoing. Majoring in Plant Biology

 

 

 

Andrew Seaman

Education:

  • Earning a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University - 2011-Ongoing. Majoring in Genetics

 

 

 

Bryson Deanhardt

Education:

  • Earning a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University - 2011-Ongoing. Majoring in Genetics

 

 

 

 

Former Lab Members

David Higgins

Education:

  • Earning Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology and Genetics from North Carolina State University - 2008-2012

David is a graduate student in Plant Biology at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Ashley Jones (Loray)

Education:

  • Earning Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology and Zoology from North Carolina State University - 2008-2012

Loray is a graduate student at the University of Texas, Austin

Kurtis Dluge

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University - 2010
  • Earning Doctor of Philosophy in Functional Genomics from North Carolina State University - 2011-Ongoing

Curtis is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Ralph Dewey in crop science

Beth Rueschhoff, Ph.D.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - 1994
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Biology from North Carolina State University - 2009
  • Doing Postdoctoral Research in Arabidopsis Floral Development at North Carolina State University - 2009-2011

Beth is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Indiana University Southeast.

Nathan Bihlmeyer

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University - 2011
  • Earning Doctor of Philosophy in Human Genetics from Johns Hopkins University - 2011-Ongoing

I am current working on proving the hypothesis that the proteins SEUSS, SEUSS-LIKE 1, SEUSS-LIKE 2, LEUNIG, and AINTEGUMENTA are part of a multimeric complex that represses the gene AGAMOUS in Arabidopsis using in vitro protein techniques.

Nathan is now a graduate student in Human Genetics program at Johns Hopkins University

Staci Nole-Wilson, Ph.D.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Indiana University Southeast - 1998
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology from the University of South Carolina at Columbia - 2004
  • Doing Postdoctoral Research in Molecular Genetics of Floral Development at North Carolina State University - 2005-2011

Chunmiao Feng, Ph.D. (Mia)

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from Fudan University at Shanghai, China - 2005
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Biology from North Carolina State University - 2011

Mia is now a postdoc researcher at Duke University in Meng Chen's lab.

Sridevi Azhakanandam, M.Sc.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of Madras at Chrompet, India - 1995
  • Master of Science in Botany from the University of Madras at Tambaram, India - 2000

Sridevi is a research specialist at NCSU in Entomology working with David Tarpy.

Fang Bao, Ph.D.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, from Northwest Forest College in Shaanxi, China - 1994
  • Master of Science in Biochemistry from Beijing Normal University - 1997
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China - 2002
  • Postdoctoral Research, University of California at Riverside - 2002-2004
  • Postdoctoral Research, North Carolina State University - 2005-2009

Fang is now an Associate Professor at Bejing Normal University in Bejing China