Caroline Ajo-Franklin is a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School.
Her research group uses biophysics and synthetic biology to engineer and explore the nanoscale interface between living microbes and inorganic materials. Her lab is a part of the Molecular Foundry, a Nanoscience User Facility, particularly interested in the basic mechanisms underlying charge transfer and assembly of materials at this living/non-living interface. The group’s research has applications in carbon capture and sequestration, bio-solar energy generation, and hierarchical assembly of nanostructures. Their work has been highlighted in various leading journals in the field, including Nature, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, ACS Synthetic Biology, ChemElectroChem and many others.