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Katherine J. Franz

Chair of the Department of Chemistry
90346, Dept of Chemistry, 124 Science Dr., Durham, NC 27708-0346
2103 French Science Center, 124 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708


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.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Chair of the Department of Chemistry · 2017 - Present Chemistry, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor in the Department of Chemistry · 2015 - Present Chemistry, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2003 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

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