Welcome to the Francis lab at UMD

Research aims

How do we listen? Hearing describes how we sense sound, yet it remains unclear how the brain enables listening. Asked another way, which neural mechanisms underlie how we perceive, remember, and attend to sound? By combining neurophysiology, animal behavior, and data analysis, the Francis lab aims to clarify the neural basis of listening and advance our basic understanding of how brain function relates to behavior.


Nikolas Francis, Ph.D.

Principal InvestigatorAssistant ProfessorUniversity of Maryland
Department of BiologyBrain and Behavior Institute
Graduate Program Affiliations:Neuroscience and Cognitive ScienceBiological Sciences (PSYS)
Email: cortex [at] umd dot eduGoogle Scholar

Nasiru Gill, B.S.

Research AssistantUniversity of Maryland
Department of Biology


The Francis lab is currently seeking grad students↴

If you are interested in joining the lab, please email your C.V. and contact information for 2-3 references to Dr. Francis (cortex [at] umd dot edu)