Current Biology Staff
Dr. André Franco is an agronomist and soil scientist studying how modern global environmental changes are affecting soils from tropical crop fields and rainforests to temperate grasslands. Dr. Franco’s research focuses on the living organisms that inhabit soils, which support life aboveground by multiple ecosystem services and comprise a quarter of Earth’s biodiversity.
I am an epidemiologist and quantitative infectious disease ecologist with experience working abroad (Egypt, Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia) and domestically (Military Health System) on interdisciplinary teams. I am interested in emerging, infectious pathogens of humans and animals and working in multi-host disease systems.
Helping out the Biology Department with the search for, and hiring of, Administrative Professionals and State Classified Appointments. I also assist the Office Manger in a few other areas as well.
I am interested in the study of the interaction between organisms and their environment for the regulation of different ecosystem processes. My areas of interest are nematode communities, soil ecology, and soil biodiversity. My previous professional work has been mainly focused on the study of nematodes. I earned a degree in Biology from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina) working with Meloidogyne in potato cultivars at INTA and later a M.Sc. in Plant Pathology at CSU working with Ditylenchus Dipsaci and Aphelenchoides Ritzema-bosi in alfalfa. Before joining Diana Wall’s group as Lab Manager, I worked as head nematologist/pathologist at a private plant disease diagnostic laboratory.
As a horticulturist, Landscape Architect, and Accountant, I understand the worlds of science, art, and business and work to bridge these worlds while also learning more about the research that our department performs and excitedly share the excitement of this knowledge with those around me.