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Contact Info
Phone: 301.405.5741
Office: 1116 Bioscience Research Bldg
Lab: 1205 Bioscience Research Bldg
Nikolas Francis
Assistant Professor
Brain and Behavior Institute (Joint Appointment)

Graduate Program Affiliations

  • Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS)
  • BISI-Physiological Systems (PSYS)

Research Interests

Dr. Francis' research combines methods in animal behavior, neurophysiology, and data analysis to advance our understanding of how we listen to sound. Dr. Francis received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2011, where he used otoacoustic emissions to study brainstem control of the human cochlea. His postdoctoral work at UMD investigated the neural basis of auditory attention, memory, and decision-making, using 2-photon imaging and multi-channel electrophysiology in auditory cortex.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
B.A., University of Iowa, 2003

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Latest Publications via PubMed

Brockett AT,Francis NA
J Neurophysiol. 2024 Jul 1;132(1):45-53. doi: 10.1152/jn.00124.2024. Epub 2024 May 29
Koçillari L,Celotto M,Francis NA,Mukherjee S,Babadi B,Kanold PO,Panzeri S
Brain Inform. 2023 Dec 5;10(1):34. doi: 10.1186/s40708-023-00212-9. Epub 2023 Dec 5
Gill NK,Francis NA
bioRxiv. 2023 Apr 28;:. pii: 2023.04.26.538446. doi: 10.1101/2023.04.26.538446. Epub 2023 Apr 28
Francis NA,Mukherjee S,Koçillari L,Panzeri S,Babadi B,Kanold PO
Cell Rep. 2022 May 31;39(9):110878. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2022.110878. Epub
Alipio JB,Brockett AT,Fox ME,Tennyson SS,deBettencourt CA,El-Metwally D,Francis NA,Kanold PO,Lobo MK,Roesch MR,Keller A
Addict Biol. 2021 Mar;26(2):e12895. doi: 10.1111/adb.12895. Epub 2020 Mar 18
Francis NA,Bohlke K,Kanold PO
eNeuro. 2019 Sep/Oct;6(5):. pii: ENEURO.0121-19.2019. doi: 10.1523/ENEURO.0121-19.2019. Epub 2019 Oct 2
Francis NA,Elgueda D,Englitz B,Fritz JB,Shamma SA
Sci Rep. 2018 Nov 6;8(1):16375. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34739-3. Epub 2018 Nov 6
Francis NA,Winkowski DE,Sheikhattar A,Armengol K,Babadi B,Kanold PO
Neuron. 2018 Feb 21;97(4):885-897.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2018.01.019. Epub 2018 Feb 1