Fran completed her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Virology at Warwick University. During her degree, she gained first-hand experience operating in a clinical laboratory working for the Coventry University Hospital as a laboratory assistant in bacteriology, virology and serology.
Following completion of the BSc Fran joined the Dave Scanlan Microbiology group within Life Sciences at Warwick to pursue research in the molecular ecology of cyanobacteria. Completing first an MSc (by research) followed by a PhD on the molecular basis for nutrient acquisition systems in freshwater cyanobacteria, Fran developed skills in flow cytometry, single cell sorting, genetic manipulation and RNA transcriptional analysis of environmental strains.
Going on to undertake a NERC Post-doc at Warwick, Fran worked in the field to elucidate the fine-scale genetic responses of viruses and bacteria within the Atlantic ocean. Overcoming the challenges of sampling and preserving RNA in aquatic samples, Fran designed and built a High-speed cell capture devise for offshore sampling and a cell freeze chamber for sorted cell RNA preservation, in collaboration with the University of Sydney.
In her second Leverhulme funded postdoc at Warwick Fran focused on the molecular genetics of marine viruses. Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic bioinformatic analysis of the marine microbiome has lead Fran on to her current interest in the human microbiome and its relationship to disease.
Fran joined Micropathology in January 2019 as a Post-Doctoral Scientist within the virology team.