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Francis, Nikolas

Francis, Nikolas

Assistant Professor
Brain and Behavior Institute
1205 Bioscience Research Building

Dr. Francis is Assistant Professor at UMD at the Brain and Behavior Institute with joint appointment in the Department of Biology. His 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 post-doctoral 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.

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