Janie Frandsen


Assistant Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Bio, Chemistry, and Biology

My research interests lie in studying the structure-function relationship of non-coding regulatory RNAs in bacteria, such as riboswitches and small RNAs.  I approach these questions using an interdisciplinary method, which includes a combination of computational, biochemical, and genetic techniques.  Understanding how these regulatory mechanisms work at the molecular level will aid in the development of novel antibiotics that target regulatory RNAs in bacteria, helping to combat the ever-growing problem of antibiotic resistance.  I was introduced to the world of RNA biology as an undergraduate researcher at a primarily undergraduate institution, and that experience built the foundation for the rest of my scientific career.  My goal at Gustavus is to provide students with similar high-impact experiential learning opportunities in my classroom through course based research and in my laboratory through intensive summer research experiences.  My favorite place to teach is in the lab, where I can foster the development of a scientific mindset through hands-on learning!


B.S., Denison University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Areas of Expertise

biochemistry, RNA, gene regulation, and microbiology

Courses Taught

CHE-255 (Biochemistry Lab), CHE-291 (IS:BMB Research), CHE-360 (Proteins), and CHE-360 (Proteins Lab)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CHE-255 Biochemistry w/Lab 5 2022/FA and 2021/FA
CHE-291 IS:Bioinformatics Res 3 2023/JN
CHE-360 Proteins Lab 2 2022/SP
CHE-360 Proteins 2 2022/SP
CHE-107 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1 2022/FA