Mike FranklinOffice: 113C Lewis Hall
Specialty: Molecular genetics, gene expression, alginate biosynthesis; Pseudomonas
E-mail: franklin@montana.edu

 

Highest Degree

  • Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1991.

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Department of Microbiology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, 2014-present 
  • Interim Department Head, Department of Microbiology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, 2008-2009 
  • Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, 2002-2014 
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, 1996-2002 
  • Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Tennessee and Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Memphis, TN, 1991-1996 

Active Research Projects

  1. National Institutes of Health: - R01-AI113330 - $1,600,000/5 years
    P.I. Franklin
    Time Frame: 3/1/2014-3/1/2019
    Title: Resuscitation of P. aeruginosa biofilm cells from dormancy.
    Goals: The goals of this proposal are to investigate expression and role of rmf and hpf, P. aeruginosa proteins that convert ribosomes to an inactive state. mRNA for rmf and hpf were identified as abundant transcripts in biofilm cells that are dormant and antibiotic tolerant.

  2. Department of Defense: - $799,926/3 years
    P.I. Stewart, Co-P.I.s Franklin, Bothner, James
    Title: Resensitization of bacteria in biofilms to antibiotics
    Time frame: 9/2013-9/2018
    Goals: The overall goal of this project is to apply transcriptomic, metabolomic, and mutant analyses to identify potential cellular targets for restoring antibiotic sensitivity of biofilm bacteria such as those that occur in military and other chronic wounds. 

 

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