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Frank Anderson Norris, Jr.

Professor of Biology
Academic Background
Associate of Arts, Anderson College
Bachelor of Science, Erskine College
Doctor of Philosophy, Clemson University
Phone Number:
(864) 328-1750
Frank Anderson Norris, Jr.

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Principles of Biology I, General Chemistry I and II, Microbiology, Biochemistry II, Bioinformatics, Physical Chemistry, research


What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

I enjoy teaching in small classrooms where I get to know my students.


birding, hiking, playing the banjo

Notable achievements outside of discipline

I ran a marathon in two hours 58 minutes. My longest solo hike was 82 miles.

People might be interested to know I...

have a U.S. patent for a method to discover new antibiotics.

What do you find most enjoyable about working at Anderson University?

Seeing my students develop into amazing people

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

Biochemistry is the foundation of all the molecular aspects of medicine.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

In my lectures, I try to show students how to break complex problems into their basic parts. I show how to work examples, and then I let students build confidence by working related problems.


Nandurkar HH, Caldwell KK, Whisstock JC, Layton MJ, Gaudet EA, Norris FA, Majerus PW, Mitchell CA. (2001) Characterization of an adapter subunit to a phosphatidylinositol (3)P 3-phosphatase: identification of a myotubularin-related protein lacking catalytic activity.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 98, 9499-9504.
Joseph, R,E. and Norris, F.A. (2005)  Substrate specificity and recognition is conferred by the pleckstrin homology domain of the Dbl family guanine nucleotide exchange factor P-Rex2. Journal of Biological Chemistry 280, 7508-7512.

Shearn, C.T. and Norris, F.A. (2007) Biochemical characterization of type I Inositol  polyphosphate 4-phosphatase C2 domain Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 286, 119-125

Watkins, D., Norris, F. A., Kumar, S. and Arya, D.P. (2013) A Fluorescence-Based Screen for Ribosome Binding Antibiotics.  Analytical Biochemistry 434, 300-307.

Deaton, C., Deaton, B., Ivankovic, D., and Norris, F. (2013). Creating Stop-Motion Videos with iPads to Support Students’ Understanding of Cell Processes: “Because you have to know what you’re talking about to be able to do it.” Journal of Digital Learning and Teacher Education 30, 67-72.