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Samantha Franklin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics



  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2016
  • B.S., St. Mary's University, 2010


Samantha Franklin, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Physics in the St. Mary’s University Physics and Environmental Science Department. After a stint as an adjunct faculty member, she joined St. Mary’s University full time in August 2016.

Franklin received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2016. In 2008, she moved to San Antonio from the Rio Grande Valley to complete her undergraduate degree. She graduated with her bachelor degree in Physics from St. Mary’s University in 2010.

Franklin’s main research area is Functional Nanomaterials for biological applications. This area of research relates physics to biology and chemistry by studying cellular response when bio-compatible gold nanoparticles are introduced into the biological system; as well as their interaction upon laser light excitation for use in cancer and Alzheimer’s treatment.

She is also involved in SPS and Fiesta of Physics, which is a University outreach program part of the Physics Department that focuses on enhancing the importance of science to local elementary students.


“External stimulation by nanosecond pulsed electric fields to enhance cellular uptake of nanoparticles”
Samantha Franklin, Hope Beier, Bennett Ibey, et al. Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 9326, 932610 (2015)

“Internalization and functionalization of bio-compatible chitosan gold nanoparticles in NG108 neuronal cells”
Proceedings paper and oral presentation at SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA; Samantha Franklin, Hope Beier, Bennett Ibey, Kelly Nash

“Measurement of changes in plasma membrane phospholipid polarization following nanosecond pulsed electric field exposure
Proceedings paper and oral presentation at SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA; S Franklin, BL Ibey, K Nash, HT Beier

Opto-acoustic characterization of chitosan based gold nanoparticles (GNPs) synthesized in the presence of monovalent salt
Proceedings paper and oral presentation at SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA; Proc. SPIE 8595, Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications VIII, 85951H (22 February 2013)

Methods of measuring chitosan and gold interaction in the formation of biocompatible gold nanoparticles
APS Texas Sections Fall Meeting, Oral Presentation, Lubbock, TX; S Franklin, K Nash, Z Yasmin (2012)

Samantha Franklin and Richard L. Cardenas, “Studying the effect of interactive learning on student performance” Ronald E, McNair Conference, UNT Denton, (2009)

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