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Danielle France

Research Interests: 

Microbially induced corrosion, quartz crystal microbalance, cell-surface interactions, biomaterials, microscopy.

Professional Affiliations: 

Colorado Bioscience Association (CBSA)
2011  International Society for Microbial Ecology
2007  Biophysical Society
2006  American Society for Cell Biology
Tau Beta Pi

Awards and Honors:

2012  National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship
2005  Poitras Fellowship for research in MIT Division of Biological Engineering
2004  Bauer Center for Genomics Research Scholarship to MBL Physiology Course
2002  Visiting Scientist at University of New South Wales
2000  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at The Mayo Clinic
1999  Intramural Research at the National Institutes of Health
1997–2001 Langsdorf Scholar at Washington University
1997  National Merit Scholar


France, D., Shribak, M., Inoué, S., Matsudaira, P., “Cellular velocities of cm/s arise from ordered molecular interactions.” 51st Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, March 3-7, 2007. [with invited presentation]

France, D.C., Baru, V., McCutcheon, S., Buhse, H., Shribak, M., Inoué, S., Matsudaira, P. “A centrin-based cellular spring that generates nanonewtons of force.” The American Society for Cell Biology 45th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 10-14, 2005.

Avolio A, Cook D, Old R, Halliday A. “Non-invasive Assessment of Wave Reflection Phenomena in the Central Aorta.” 19th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension, Prague, Czech Republic. June 23-27, 2002.

Cook D, Sessoms M, and Kovacs S. “The wall thinning to transmitral flow-velocity relation: derivation with in vivo validation.” Ultrasound in Med. & Biol. 28(6):745-755, 2002.

Danielle France


Chemical Engineer
Materials Reliability
Cell & Tissue Mechanics

Employment History:

Postdoctoral Fellow at NIST, Materials Reliability Division, 2012 – Present.
Adjunct Faculty at Colorado School of Mines, Chemistry Department, Fall 2011.
Bioprocess Engineer in Applied Research, Luca Technologies, Inc., 2007 – 2010.
Research Assistant, MIT Division of Biological Engineering and Whitehead Institute, 2002 – 2007.
Research Assistant, Washington University School of Medicine, 2001.


Ph.D. Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (2007) Structure and Mechanics of the Spasmoneme, a Biological Spring. Thesis Advisor: Paul Matsudaira

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (2001)


Phone: 303-497-6538
Email: danielle.france@nist.gov
Fax: 303-497-5030