Frank was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 for outstanding research in the areas of Bacterial Physiology and Microbial Biochemistry. Frank was born and raised in the Kingdom of Fife and studied Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) at the University of Edinburgh (1988-1992). He then joined the University of Dundee and obtained a PhD under the supervision of Prof David H Boxer (1992-1996). Frank was a postdoc at the John Innes Centre, Norwich (1996-1998) and the University of East Anglia (1998-2000) before starting his own research group as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at UEA. In 2007, Frank was recruited back to the University of Dundee and joined the College of Life Sciences as Professor of Bacterial Physiology. He relocated to Newcastle University in 2018 and is currently an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering (SAgE). Frank has served on several UKRI and Charity grant-awarding Committees and Panels. He is currently a member of BBSRC Committee E (Fellowships) and Deputy Chair of the BBSRC Strategic Longer-Larger Grants (sLoLa) Committee (SLC).