Faculty Profiles

Katherine J. Franz
Alexander F. Hehmeyer Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair
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

Franks, AT, Wang, Q, and Franz, KJ. "A multifunctional, light-activated prochelator inhibits UVA-induced oxidative stress." Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters 25.21 (2015): 4843-4847. Full Text

Franks, AT, and Franz, KJ. "A prochelator with a modular masking group featuring hydrogen peroxide activation with concurrent fluorescent reporting." Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) 50.77 (October 2014): 11317-11320. Full Text

Safi, R, Nelson, ER, Chitneni, SK, Franz, KJ, George, DJ, Zalutsky, MR, and McDonnell, DP. "Copper signaling axis as a target for prostate cancer therapeutics." Cancer Research 74.20 (October 2014): 5819-5831. Full Text Open Access Copy

Jansová, H, Macháček, M, Wang, Q, Hašková, P, Jirkovská, A, Potůčková, E, Kielar, F, Franz, KJ, and Simůnek, T. "Comparison of various iron chelators and prochelators as protective agents against cardiomyocyte oxidative injury." Free Radical Biology & Medicine 74 (September 2014): 210-221. Full Text

Festa, RA, Helsel, ME, Franz, KJ, and Thiele, DJ. "Exploiting innate immune cell activation of a copper-dependent antimicrobial agent during infection." Chemistry & Biology 21.8 (August 2014): 977-987. Full Text

Festa, RA, Helsel, ME, Franz, KJ, and Thiele, DJ. "Innate immune cell activation of a copper-dependent anti-cryptococcal agent." MYCOSES 57 (May 2014): 56-57.

Franks, AT, Peng, D, Yang, W, and Franz, KJ. "Characterization of a photoswitching chelator with light-modulated geometric, electronic, and metal-binding properties." Inorganic Chemistry 53.3 (February 2014): 1397-1405. Full Text

Folk, DS, Kielar, F, and Franz, KJ. "Bioinorganic Neurochemistry." 3 (August 1, 2013): 207-240. (Chapter) Full Text

Grant, GA, Hankinson, T, Muh, C, and Dumont, A. "The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons was held in Chicago, Illinois from October 6-10, 2012. Preface." Neurosurgery 60 Suppl 1 (August 2013): v-. Full Text

Franz, KJ. "Clawing back: broadening the notion of metal chelators in medicine." Current Opinion in Chemical Biology 17.2 (April 2013): 143-149. (Review) Full Text