Frances Knight
MSc, Immunology & Global Health, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, IRL
 
BS, Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
 
frances.c.knight@vanderbilt.edu
 
 
 

Frances is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering  program. As an undergraduate at Purdue, Frances worked with Alyssa Panitch on polymeric nanoparticles to deliver anti-inflammatory drugs for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Her master's research focused on using recombinant protein engineering to elucidate the function of enzymes produced by Aspergillus fumigatus. Frances has also worked as an intern at MED Institute, where she studied drug coatings for anti-restenotic stents, and at Akina, Inc., where she worked on synthesis of polymers for biomedical applications . Her current work is focused on nanoparticle vaccines against respiratory infections, such as tuberculosis and influenza. She has an avid interest in applying her research to low-income areas, and is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Global Health. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, playing volleyball, trying new restaurants, and watching Netflix with her cat.