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Franklin named to MSU Ferguson Professorship

October 21, 2005 -- from MSU News Service


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Bozeman -- Michael Franklin, a professor of microbiology at Montana State University, has been named to the endowed Ferguson Professorship of Microbiology at MSU. Franklin's research in molecular genetics is internationally recognized.

Franklin received his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1991, and joined the faculty at MSU in 1996. He has established an active research laboratory, studying the molecular genetics of the medically and environmentally significant microbe Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that causes lung infections in patients with cystic fibrosis. As a faculty researcher at the Center for Biofilm Engineering, he works with multidisciplinary research teams to find solutions for industrially relevant problems. His most recent work focuses on the novel response of neutrophils to biofilms and may potentially result in new approaches to treating biofilm-related disease.

Tim Ford, head of the Department of Microbiology, praised Franklin's "commitment to both undergraduate and graduate student teaching." Franklin was selected as one of 11 Big Sky Institute Teaching and Learning Fellows for 1998. He also participated in a three-year mentoring program at MSU to stimulate and develop different teaching techniques. In addition to engaging in undergraduate teaching, Franklin is chair of the department's Graduate Curriculum Committee.

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