Faculty Profiles

Katherine J. Franz
Professor in the Department of Chemistry
2103 French Science Center, 124 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-1541



Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2000

B.A., Wellesley College 1995

Research Areas:
Biomolecular Structure and Function, Inorganic

Hyman, Lynne M., et al. “Toward the development of prochelators as fluorescent probes of copper-mediated oxidative stress.Dalton Transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003), no. 2, Jan. 2010, pp. 568–76. Epmc, doi:10.1039/b914568k. Full Text

Dickens, Marina G., and Katherine J. Franz. “A prochelator activated by hydrogen peroxide prevents metal-induced amyloid Beta aggregation.Chembiochem : A European Journal of Chemical Biology, vol. 11, no. 1, Jan. 2010, pp. 59–62. Epmc, doi:10.1002/cbic.200900597. Full Text

Haas, Kathryn L., and Katherine J. Franz. “Application of metal coordination chemistry to explore and manipulate cell biology.Chemical Reviews, vol. 109, no. 10, Oct. 2009, pp. 4921–60. Epmc, doi:10.1021/cr900134a. Full Text

Palmer, Amy E., and Katherine J. Franz. “Introduction to "cellular metal homeostasis and trafficking".Chemical Reviews, vol. 109, no. 10, Oct. 2009, pp. 4533–35. Epmc, doi:10.1021/cr900293t. Full Text

Charkoudian, Louise K., et al. “Iron prochelator BSIH protects retinal pigment epithelial cells against cell death induced by hydrogen peroxide.Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, vol. 102, no. 12, Dec. 2008, pp. 2130–35. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2008.08.001. Full Text

Ciesienski, Katie L., et al. “A photolabile ligand for light-activated release of caged copper.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 130, no. 37, Sept. 2008, pp. 12246–47. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ja8047442. Full Text

Tesema, Yohannes T., et al. “Counterions influence reactivity of metal ions with cysteinyldopa model compounds.Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 47, no. 3, Feb. 2008, pp. 1087–95. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ic701889w. Full Text

Franz, Katherine J. “Copper shares a piece of the pi.Nature Chemical Biology, vol. 4, no. 2, Feb. 2008, pp. 85–86. Epmc, doi:10.1038/nchembio0208-85. Full Text

Charkoudian, Louise K., et al. “Modifications of boronic ester pro-chelators triggered by hydrogen peroxide tune reactivity to inhibit metal-promoted oxidative stress.Dalton Transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003), no. 43, Nov. 2007, pp. 5031–42. Epmc, doi:10.1039/b705199a. Full Text

Liu, Lucy L., and Katherine J. Franz. “Phosphorylation-dependent metal binding by alpha-synuclein peptide fragments.Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry : Jbic : A Publication of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 12, no. 2, Feb. 2007, pp. 234–47. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s00775-006-0181-y. Full Text