Professional Bio


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Developmental Biology, University of Arizona (2000-1998)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Molecular Biology, University of South Carolina (1998-1994)
  • Ph.D., Immunology, University of Aix-Marseille II, 1996
  • M.S., Immunology, University of Aix-Marseille II, 1988
  • B.S., Biochemistry, University of Aix-Marseille II, 1988


  • Professor of Biology, Regis University (current)
  • Associate Professor of Biology, Regis University (2013-2007)
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Regis University (2007-2001)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Grinnell College (2001-2000)

Professional Memberships

  • Genetics Society of America
  • Society for Developmental Biology
  • Society for Applied Anthropology

Research & Scholarship

My current research investigates the influence of forest fragmentation on dispersal pattern and genetic polymorphism in mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata).


Franco, M-d. (2009) From Molecules to Organisms: An Investigative approach to the Developmental Biology Laboratory. Reno, NV: Bent Tree Press.

Franco M.D, Bohbot J, Fernandez K, Hanna J, Poppy J and Vogt R. (2007) Sensory Cell Proliferation within the Olfactory Epithelium of Developing Adult Manduca sexta (Lepidoptera). PLoS ONE 2(2): e215. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000215.

Vogt, R.G., Rogers,  M.E., Franco M.D. and Sun, M. (2002). A Comparative Study of Odorant Binding Protein Genes: Differential Expression of the PBP1 - GOBP2 Gene Cluster in Manduca sexta (Lepidoptera) and the organization of OBP genes in Drosophila melanogaster (Diptera). Journal of Experimental Biology, 205:719-744.

Franco, M.D., Pape M.P., Swiergiel, J.J. and Burd G.D. (2001) Differential and overlapping expressions patterns of X-dll3 and Pax-6 genes suggest distinct roles in the olfactory system development of the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis.  Journal of Experimental Biology, 204:2049-2061.

Franco M.D., Rogers M.E., Shimizu C., Shike H., Vogt R.G. and Burns J.C. (1998) Infection of Lepidoptera with a Pseudotyped Retroviral Vector. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 28:819-825.

Franco M.D., Nunes J., Boursier J.P., Mawas C., Acuto O. and Olive D. (1994) Regions of CD8 molecule involved in the regulation of CD2 mediated T-cell activation. Cellular Immunology 157:341-352.

Franco M.D., Nunes J., Lopez M., Mawas C. and Olive D. (1993) Regulation of CD2-mediated T cell activation: anti-CD8 mAbs inhibit CD2 -mediated rise in intracellular calcium. Cellular Immunology 152:162-175. 

Bagnasco M., Franco M.D., Nunes J., Mawas C., Salamero J. and Olive D. (1993) Anti-T11.1 and T11.2 mAbs play a different role in CD2-mediated signal transduction. Human Immunology 38:172-178.

Nunes J., Klasen S., Franco M.D., Lipcey C., Mawas C., Bagnasco M. and Olive D. (1993) Signalling through CD28 T-cell activation pathway involves an inositol phospholipid-specific PLC activity. Biochemical Journal 293:835-842.

Franco M.D. (1993) Etude de la regulation de la voie d’activation CD2 par la molecule “d’adhesion” CD8 dans les lymphocytes T humains.  Doctoral dissertation.  University of Aix-Marseille II, France.