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B. Franklin Pugh

Greater Philadelphia Professorship, Molecular Biology & Genetics (Begins Spring semester)

 Frank Pugh

Academic focus:

My laboratory aims to understand how all genes are regulated in human and yeast model systems. We use genome-wide approaches to study the assembly and control mechanisms of chromatin and gene regulatory proteins. From this we are developing medical diagnostics, based on the human epigenome.

Current research project: 

We are mapping to near bp resolution the organization of all chromatin and gene regulatory proteins throughout the human and yeast genome.

Previous positions:

  • Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University, 2005- 2020
  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University, 1998-2005       
  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University, 1992-1998       
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of California-Berkeley, 1988-1991

Academic background:

  • B.S., Biology, Cornell University, 1983
  • Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987    

Last book read:

“Battle Cry of Freedom,” by James McPherson

In your own time/when not working:

Woodworking, hiking

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Molecular Biology of DNA

What most excites you about Cornell:

The opportunity to work with talented and motivated students.

Twitter handle/blog url:

@ThePughLab