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Biographical Sketch

Email: frank.church@gmail.com

Frank C. Church is Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his BS (1975) and MS (1978) degrees from Louisiana State University; he received a PhD (1982) from North Carolina State University; and after a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC-CH, has been on the faculty at UNC-CH since 1986.

Research: His research was centered on serine proteases and serine protease inhibitors; the pathological process he studied was venous thrombosis (blood coagulation and fibrinolysis). Currently, his scholarship is on Parkinson’s disease and Science/Medical Education to help students successfully navigate through school. Since 1986, he helped train over 100 scientists in the research laboratory: 17 graduate students, 12 postdoctoral fellows, 17 medical students, and 62 undergraduates. He published more then 150 peer-reviewed research papers, review articles, and textbook chapters; and 1 book.

Teaching: (2013-2019) Co-Block Director/Lecturer/Small Group Preceptor in Immunologic block; (1993-2019) Co-Block Director/Lecturer in Hematologic block; and (1996-2022) Course Director and sole lecturer of Biology 426 (Spring) and 426H (Fall) Biology of Blood Diseases. Isaac Asimov said: “There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.” Medical students and undergraduate students are all expected to learn much information in their time in school. My ultimate aim was for them to appreciate the wonder of science and to get them to think-ask questions like “Why (or how) does it work that way?” And “How does that molecular process contribute to this specific disease?”

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