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Pacific Biosciences Research Center
Observers of the microbial realm
Kiana L. Frank, Ph.D
Assistant Research Professor
Kewalo Marine Laboratory
41 Ahui St, Honolulu, HI 96813
Office: KML 312
Office (on campus): Bekesy 253
Email: klfrank @ hawaii .edu
Phone: (808) 539 - 7329
2700 m below the surface of the ocean in the submersible HOV Alvin
I grew up in Kailua, Oahu. Being Hawaiian, raised in a Hawaiian family and having attended a Hawaiian high school, I am very rooted in my Hawaiian heritage and incredibly proud of my culture. I've been of the opinion that BACTERIA RULE ever since my freshmen year of high school, when a 6 week molecular cell biology course opened my my eyes to the wonders of the microscopic world. I transplanted to the east coast to continue my education at the University of Rochester, NY and achieved a B.S. Magna cum Laude with distinction in research in Molecular Genetics. Then I jetisined to Boston and completed my Ph.D. at Harvard in Molecular Cell Biology with Peter Girguis.
At the root of my research is the desire to better understand the connectivity between land and sea to promote the restoration and sustainability of Hawaii’s ahupuaʻa resources. I am an indigenous educator – using scientific hands on experiences in the ʻāina, our natural laboratories, to inspire the younger Hawaiian generations to cultivate a connection to our culture. My overall objective is to perpetuate place-based knowledge and ecological-based studies that foster values and concepts of traditional management by integrating with contemporary technology and scientific knowledge systems. It is my hope that my work will build resources that increase the participation of our community in restoration and conservation efforts, as well as create healthy and informed discussion between students, community, researchers and policy makers.