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Chandra Franklin

Professor of Biology
Savannah State University


Expertise:
Plant Biotechnology and Plant Biology

Issues of Interest:
Heavy metal contamination in the salt marsh ecosystem.

Current Projects:

Research Interests:

  • To study the role of Spartina alterniflora in salt marsh processes dealing with heavy metal contamination using biotechnology/molecular tools.
  • Technology development - in vitro methods and gene transfer/regeneration of transgenic S. alterniflora.

Research Objectives:

  • To use axenic (microbe-free) lines of S. alterniflora to the study Spartina-microbe interactions in the transformation and release of mercury contaminants in the salt marsh ecosystem.
  • To develop a Spartina-based biosensor for heavy metal contaminants using genetically engineered S. alterniflora.

Current Projects:

  • To adapt axenic lines of S. alterniflora (recently developed in this lab) for studies to understand Spartina-microbe interactions that control transformation and release of mercury contaminants in salt marshes.
  • To develop a transgenic system for S. alterniflora.

Sub-projects:
     (1) To develop a gene transfer system,
     (2) To develop an in vitro regeneration system, and
     (3) To integrate gene transfer and regeneration systems to produce transgenic S. alterniflora.

Location:
Savannah, Georgia

Project Links:

Loss of Salt Marshes in Georgia: Potential Causes and Remedies
     Chandra Franklin (Savannah State Univ., Savannah, GA, USA) and Jan MacKinnon (Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division, Brunswick, GA, USA)

Committee on standardized marsh monitoring protocols

Marine Biotechnology: Development of In Vitro Methods and Genetic Engineering Technology for Spartina alterniflora to Assess the Ecological Impact of Heavy Metal Contamination in Salt Marsh Ecosystems
     Chandra Franklin (Savannah State Univ., Savannah, GA, USA)

Homepage:
http://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nat-science/biology-faculty.shtml

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