Presenter: Margaret Franzen

Margaret Franzen

Program Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Session 1 (10:45 - 11:45): Zooming In: A Microscopic-to-Molecular Perspective for Modeling Chromosomes

Session 2 (12:45 - 1:45): What's the Buzz? Exploring the Biology and Technology of CRISPR


Margaret Franzen earned a B.A. in biology from Bryn Mawr College in 1978, where she conducted research on the genetics of Tetrahymena. After college, she conducted research on thegenetics of the microbe Bacillus megaterium. She earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University in 1987, where she identified that phosphorylation differentiated two isoforms of ornithine decarboxylase, and that phosphorylation affected the stability of the protein. Although she enjoyed doing research, Margaret’s true passion has always been teaching. She taught introductory biology, microbiology, genetics and molecular biology at the college level, both in the U.S. and Romania, before joining the Center for BioMolecular Modeling (CBM) in 2006. Currently, Margaret focuses her efforts on developing instructional materials for high school and college classrooms, disseminating these materials through teacher workshops and the MSOE Model Lending Library, and measuring how physical models impact student learning.