Frank is a postdoc in Ke Dong’s lab. His current projects are concerned with the role of DSC1 on in vivo and in vitro toxicity to pyrethroids and DDT as well as the effects of A-to-I RNA editing on the voltage-dependence and kinetic parameters of DSC1 and BSC1 channel physiology. Before joining Ke’s lab, Frank earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University working under Jeff Scott, who was also Ke’s Ph.D. advisor. While at Cornell, Frank initially studied the population genetics of the insecticide resistance alleles for kdr and CYP6D1 in house flies from the eastern United States, as well as the evolutionary origins of kdr for his M.S. The studies on the origins of kdr were expanded across the US, Turkey and China as well as Colorado potato beetles in the US and Turkey as side projects during his Ph.D. His dissertation was on the role of posttranscriptional modifications on the toxicity of spinosad and imidacloprid. Frank was the first to describe the genetic association of truncated transcripts of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in a field pest and he demonstrated a causal link between A-to-I RNA editing and insecticide toxicity.
In his spare time, Frank enjoys experimenting with novel ingredients and techniques in the culinary laboratory with a profound affinity for the wild mushrooms of Michigan. He is also an avid beer connoisseur and all-grain brewer. His favorite styles are the bold flavors of an imperial stout, double IPA, or oak-aged barleywine. Frank enjoys biking, fishing, hiking, camping, baseball, softball, wiffleball, and reading books by Michael Lewis, Michael Pollan, Malcolm Gladwell, and Christopher Hitchens.