Carl Franzblau Bio
Class of 1962
Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry Associate Dean, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. Franzblau has published extensively in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases focusing on the role of connective tissue proteins in those disease processes. He played a key role in describing the nature of the chemical cross-links in collagen and elastin as well as describing the synthesis of these structural proteins in cell culture. Dr. Franzblau was one of the first students to be awarded a Ph.D. at Einstein, and his mentors were Drs. Sam Seifter and Paul Gallop.
At the National Institutes of Health, he served on the advisory councils of the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, and chaired the Cardiovascular A study section. He developed CityLab, a nationally recognized life sciences outreach program for K-12 students and teachers, and the first MobileLab in the nation. As dean of the graduate programs, Dr. Franzblau developed a number of highly regarded professional master's degrees. As chair of biochemistry, he has led a department that ranks nationally in the top 10% awarded NIH grants for the past 10 years. Dr. Franzblau has personally trained more than 25 Ph.D. students and numerous post-doctoral students.
An Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, he has received numerous awards, including the all university Metcalf Cup and Prize for Teaching at Boston University School of Medicine. Has started three companies, one of which he took public as the CEO.