About the Basile Resarch Group

Franco BasileFranco Basile, Ph.D.

Department of Chemistry
Dept 3838
1000 E. University Ave.
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071

Office (307) 766-4376
Laboratory (307) 766-2991
Fax: (307) 766-2807



University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI   BS  Chemistry, ACS, 1985

Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN   Ph.D.  Analytical Chemistry, 1992 (Advisor: Prof. Fred E. Lytle)

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO  Postdoc Bio-Mass Spectrometry, 1992-1995 (Advisor: Prof. Kent Voorhees)

Positions and Employment

2018-present         Professor, Analytical Chemistry, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wyoming

2009-2018             Associate Professor, Analytical Chemistry, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wyoming

2003-2009             Assistant Professor, Analytical Chemistry, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wyoming

2001-2003             Assistant Research Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines

2000-2001             Assistant Research Professor, Manager, Biochemical Mass Spectrometry Core Facility, School of Pharmacy, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

1995-2000             Assistant Research Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines

Current research support

(2019-2024) NSF-URoL: Epigenetics 2: Collaborative Research: Bumble bee cold tolerance across elevations, PI's: Michael Dillon (UW) and Jeff Lozier (U. Alabama); co-PIs: F. Basile (UW) and Janna Fierst (U. Alabama) more info about this grant

(2016-2019) NSF-CMI:  Removal of time and fidelity constraints in MALDI-MS imaging of proteins in tissue, PI: F. Basile, Co-PIs:  Erica Belmont, Wei Guo.

(2017-2021) NSF-IOS: Why do bacteria make sterols?, PI: N. Ward, co-PI: F. Basile

(2017-2022) NSF-EPSCoR RII Track-1: Linking microbial life to ecosystem services across Wyoming's dynamic landscape, PI: Brent E. Ewers, co-PI’s: N. Ward, A. Buerkle, C. Weinig, L. van Diepen, (Science team/senior personnel: D. Williams, B. Shuman, S. Albeke, F. Basile)

(2018-2023) NSF-EPSCoR RII Track-2 FEC: Insect Cryobiology and Ecophysiology (ICE) Network: integrating genomics, physiology, and modeling, PI: Julia Bowsher(NDSU), co-PI's: Michael Dillon (UW), Kendra J Greenlee (NDSU), Giancarlo Lopez-Martinez (NDSU), Joseph P Rinehart (USDA/ARS); (Science Team at UW: Franco Basile and Daniel Rule)

(2017-2022) NIH: Kin recognition and outer membrane exchange regulate social interactions in  myxobacteria, PI: Daniel Wall (F. Basile senior personnel)

Completed research support

(2017-2018)    UW A&S Seed Grant Proposal Fund: The molecular basis of climate adaptation: bumble bee metabolomics at temperature extremes, PI's: M. Dillon and F. Basile

(2017-2018) UW-SER Carbon Engineering: New materials from Wyoming PRB Coal using a comprehensive approach, PI: Dongmei “Katie” Li, Co-PI’s: F. Basile and C. Frick ($257,000)

(2015-2017) NSF-MRI: Acquisition of a MALDI-Tof/Tof-MS Instrument for Chemical and Biological Research, F. Basile (PI), Co-PIs: J. Kubelka, N. Ward, M. Fang, D. Jarvis. ($414,025)

(2013-2015)  Identification and Analysis of Bioactive Substances from Selenophinic Fungi Antagonist Against Cancer Cells in Vitro and in Vivo, Wyoming INBRE Collaborative Grant, Ami Wangelin (PI), W. Murdoch and F. Basile (co-PIs)

(2009-2014) CAREER: Rapid Non-Enzymatic Sample Preparation for Mass Spectrometry, NSF, F. Basile (PI)

(2009-2012) Modular and adaptable sample preparation for biodetection, DoD: DTRA, F. Basile (PI), D. Dutta (Co-PI), E. Ferre-Pika (Co-PI)

(2008-2010) Biogeochemical factors enhancing microbial generated methane in coal bed deposits, RPSEA, Junko Marr (PI-Colorado School of Mines), F. Basile (Co-PI), et al.

(2007-2009) Global mechanisms of bacterion resistance in Listeria, NIH, K. Miller (PI), F. Basile (Co-PI) 

(2006-2009) Functions of antioxidants associated with oxygenic photosynthesis, USDA CSREES, S. Herbert (PI), F. Basile (co-PI), M. Gomelsky (co-PI)

(2004-2009)  Development of West Nile Diagnostic and Vector Control Chemicals, USDA ARS Cooperative Agreement, F. Basile (PI)

(2007-2008)  Application of Desorption Electrospray Ionization-MS in Vaccine Development, NIH Rocky Mt. Regional Center of Excellence/Colorado State University. F. Basile (PI)

(2000-2008)  Identification of Proteins in Methane Producing Bacteria, University of            Wyoming/Research Office Grant-in-Aid, F. Basile (PI)

(2005-2008)  Non-Enzymatic Cell Lysis and Protein Digestion for Proteomics, NIH-Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA),  F. Basile (PI)

(2005-2006) Rapid Detection of Bacterial Pathogens in Drinking Water and Wastewater by MS-Based Simultaneous Multiple Enzyme Activity Measurement, Lindbergh Foundation, F. Basile (PI)

Prior to appointment at UWyo:

(2000-2001)  Evaluation of Rapid Anthrax Spore Detection Capabilities Using Microfabricated Components, Sandia National Laboratory,  Kent Voorhees (PI), F. Basile (Co-PI)

(2001-2002)  Improving the Selectivity of Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS)-Based Sensors for Chemical Warfare Detection, DoD/Sensor Research & Development, Corp. Kent Voorhees (PI), F. Basile (senior personnel)

(1997-2000)   Chemical-Biological Mass Spectrometer (CBMS) Block II,  DoD/Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Kent Voorhees (PI), F. Basile (senior personnel)

(1995-1997)   CBMS Block I, DoD/ERDEC, US Army.  Kent Voorhees (PI), F. Basile (senior personnel)

Honors & Activities

2009               NSF CAREER Award

2007               Big Brother-Big Sister "Wyoming Big Brother of the Year" Award

2006               ACS University of Wyoming Student Chapter "Outstanding Professor" award

2005               Lindbergh Foundation Research Award

2005               Chair, American Chemical Society, Wyoming Section

2003-2004       Chair-elect, American Chemical Society, Wyoming Section

2000               R&D 100 Award - Chemical/Biological Mass Spectrometer-Block II

1989               President, Phi Lambda Upsilon-Honorary Chemical Society, Purdue Chapter

1989               Monsanto Co., University Outreach Program Award



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Basile Lab

Basile Research Group

Franco Basile, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Dept 3838

Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave.

Office (307) 766-4376

Laramie, WY 82071

Email: basile@uwyo.edu

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