About Frank

Hi, I’m Frank (resume, linkedin). You can contact me via email to frank at frankcleary dot com. I grew up in Ithaca, NY (mostly) and for undergrad I majored in Physics at Cornell University. I taught middle school science in Bronx, NY for two years before moving to Berkeley, CA to start a Ph.D. My interests include¬†data, software,¬†motor protein biophysics, indoor climbing, photography, Notre Dame football, and cooperative online video games.

Currently I’m finishing up a Ph.D. in Biophysics at UC Berkeley, graduating in May 2014. My thesis research centers on the molecular motor dynein, a protein that moves cargoes within cells. To me the most fascinating thing about dynein is that it can convert chemical energy into mechanical work. Of course many things do this on the macroscopic scale (e.g. gasoline engines, rockets), but doing it as a molecule is really quite impressive. Current microscopy techniques allow us to observe and apply forces to individual molecules, which lets us learn a lot about how dynein works that we couldn’t learn from looking at averages of many molecules.

In the future I’ll be focusing my career on software and data science. These were my favorite parts of my Ph.D. research and I’m excited to move into it full time soon. Over the summer of 2013 I did an internship in data science at SEVEN Networks in San Carlos, CA. It was a really good experience, I definitely recommend doing an internship as a graduate student.