Interview: Dr Kristian Franze

Simon Lock There is a bulldog skeleton hanging in Kristian Franze’s office at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. Its name is Bruno. “The lab loves him,” says Dr. Franze, as Bruno greets us with a toothy grin. As well as being the beloved lab pet, Bruno is also a demonstration model when he teaches veterinary anatomy at the department. This harks back to Dr. Franze’s first degree in veterinary science, which reflects his long-standing interest in both biology and physics; it was only through flipping a coin that he chose veterinary science over undergraduate physics. After that, though, a research career was more appealing, and instead of continuing in veterinary practice he began a PhD in neuroscience. “Also,” he says, “I realised that pets have owners – and…


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