The Franks Lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms of development. We presently work in the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana, a type of mustard plant, as well as in Mimulus (Monkey Flower) species.
Much of our Arabidopsis work has focused on the development of the female reproductive structure the gynoecium. The gynoecium, or seed pod, gives rise to ovules that when fertilized will become the seeds. In fruiting species the gynoecium develops into the fruit.