Curriculum Vitae

Latisha Franklin
104D Life Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802 — LinkedIn

The below information is a BROAD overview/ skeleton of my work with links to my experiences. Please contact me for a traditional CV.



  • Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR)
  • Van Andel Research Institute
  • National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • Summer Medical and Dental Enrichment Program


  • Pennsylvania State University- Restorative Yoga Instructor- State College, PA
  • Gratified Grad, LLC– Owner & Founder
  • Pennsylvania State University- Research Assistant- State College, PA
  • Pennsylvania State University- Teaching Assistant- State College, PA
  • Dillard University Peer Assisted Student Services Program –New Orleans, LA
  • Dillard University Residential Life Office – New Orleans, LA
  • Dillard University Trio Educational Talent Services – New Orleans, LA


  • Tecle, E., Chhan, C., Franklin, L., Underwood, R.S., Hanna-Rose, W., & Troemel, E.R. The purine nucleoside phosphorylase pnp-1regulates epithelial cell resistance to infection in C. elegans.



  • 2021 NCORE Conference, Attendee
  • 2019 Science Writers Annual Meeting, Poster Presenter
  • 2019 38th Annual Molecular Biology Symposium, Attendee
  • 2017, 2019, & 2021 C. elegans International Meeting, Presenter
  • 2018-2019 Restek Student Symposium, Presenter
  • 2019 AAUW National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Attendee
  • 2019 Mid Atlantic Regional Society for Developmental Biology Conference, Presenter
  • 2017-2021 Annual Life Sciences Symposium, Presenter
  • 2018 & 2021 SREB Conference, Attendee
  • 2016 Graduate Women in Science Voices Professional Networking Conference, Attendee
  • 2016 Undergraduate Research Competition, Presenter
  • 2016 Emerging Researcher National Conference, Presenter
  • 2015 National Society of Black Physicists, Presenter


  • 2021 Penn State Libraries Voices, Presenter
  • 2021 Minority Graduate Students in STEM, Keeping the Harmony: Penn State Resources
  • 2020 Biochemistry Microbiology, and Molecular Biology Doctoral Program, Keeping the Balance: Penn State Resources
  • 2020 GWIS Grad School 101 Panel, Member
  • 2020 Graduate Women in Science State College Chapter, Keeping the Balance: Penn State Resources
  • 2020 ENVISION: STEM Career Day Supporting Young Women, Keynote speaker
  • 2019 Penn State Minority Graduate Students in STEM, Prioritizing and Scheduling Workshop
  • 2019 Trio HBCU Panel Member
  • 2019 Penn State Discover Program, Diversity and Inclusion Workshop
  • 2019 NSF REU Orientation Mixer, Graduate Student Guest Speaker
  • 2019 Mid Atlantic Regional Society for Developmental Biology Conference
  • 2019 Girls Love Science After School Program, Intro to C. elegans Workshop
  • 2018 & 2020 Challenging Science Investigations After School Program, Guest Speaker
  • 2018 & 2019 SROP Panel Member
  • 2017 Penn State allinfoodz initiative podcast, guest “It’s a Lifestyle”


  • 2021 Penn State R. Adams Dutcher Memorial Award
  • 2021 Penn State Paul Robeson Cultural Center Pioneer Award
  • 2020 Penn State Homecoming Graduate Court Representative
  • 2018- Present Sloan Scholar
  • 1st Place 2019 I AM STEM speaking competition
  • 2019 2nd Place Poster Presentation Life Science Symposium
  • 2019 AAUW State College Branch Conference Scholarship Recipient
  • 2019 PSU Eberly College of Science Climate and Diversity Award
  • 2018 BGSA Stephanie Danette Preston Service Award
  • 2018 2nd Place Poster Presentation Restek Student Symposium
  • Homer F. Braddock Fellowship
  • Bunton Waller Grad Scholarship
  • 2016 Achievement Capstone Scholarship
  • 2015 and 2016 Second Place LS LAMP Presentation Award
  • Nuclear Science and Security Consortium Award
  • Dillard University Academic Dean’s List
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honors Society
  • Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society
  • National Institute of Science, National Scientific Honor Society
  • Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honors Society


  • Psychological First Aid Training (in progress)
  • International Institute for Restorative Practices: Introduction to Restorative Practices & Using Circles Certificate
  • 200 hr Certified and Registered Yoga Instructor
  • Teach for Forests: Forest Education for Teachers and Youth Leaders (Penn State Extension)
  • Nutrition 101: Healthy Eating Guidelines and Meal Planning (Penn State Extension)
  • Dining with Diabetes (Penn State Extension)
  • Leadership Education and Development Program (Penn State)
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Crucial Conversations
  • The Pennsylvania State University Teaching Certificate
  • Radionuclide and Laser Safety Training
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
  • Protecting Human Research Participants, National Institute of Health (NIH)

References Available Upon Request

Last updated: April 1, 2022