Dr. Francis is Assistant Professor at UMD, jointly in the Department of Biology and the Brain and Behavior Institute. His research combines methods in animal behavior, neurophysiology, and data analysis to advance our understanding of how we listen to sound. Current research aims to describe neural mechanisms underlying auditory decision-making and pitch perception in mice, in addition to investigating central auditory processing in a mouse model of Autism Spectrum Disorder. 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.
Ph.D.Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
B.A.University of Iowa, 2003