Fran is a Reader in Screen Studies, Director of the Centre for Film, Media, Discourse and Culture, and Course Leader for MA Film and Screen. Prior to employment at the University, she worked in medical biochemistry for 25 years before going on to gain a first class degree in photography and a PhD in film studies at the University of East Anglia, entitled Abject Spaces in American Cinema. Her research continues to centre on American cinema, especially in relation to abject space, fantasy and 9/11. She is also involved in various projects concerned with trauma and a developing area of research focuses on the relationship between Chinese and American cinema. Because of her scientific background, Fran is also particularly interested in the connections between science and visual culture. She has published widely in these areas and welcomes PhD proposals in related fields.