Kevin Michael Franks

Kevin Michael Franks

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

External Address: 
Bryan Research Building, 311 Research Drive Room 401D, Durham, NC 27710
Internal Office Address: 
Box 3209, Durham, NC 27710


Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego 2002

Selected Grants

Neurobiology Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2019 to 2024

CRCNS: Odor processing by cortical neural circuits awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2021

Odor Coding in Piriform Cortex awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021

Cell Mediated and humoral Immune mechanisms underlying neuromuscular dysfunction in autoimmune encephalitis awarded by Columbia University (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Project 2-How olfactory information is transformed from bulb to cortex awarded by New York University (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020

Basic predoctoral training in neuroscience awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 1992 to 2018

Synaptic Processes Mediating Cortical Odor Coding awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2015

Blazing, Robin M., and Kevin M. Franks. “Odor coding in piriform cortex: mechanistic insights into distributed coding.Curr Opin Neurobiol, vol. 64, May 2020, pp. 96–102. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.conb.2020.03.001. Full Text

Platt, Maryann P., et al. “Th17 lymphocytes drive vascular and neuronal deficits in a mouse model of postinfectious autoimmune encephalitis.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, vol. 117, no. 12, Mar. 2020, pp. 6708–16. Pubmed, doi:10.1073/pnas.1911097117. Full Text

Bolding, Kevin A., and Kevin M. Franks. “Recurrent cortical circuits implement concentration-invariant odor coding.Science, vol. 361, no. 6407, Sept. 2018. Pubmed, doi:10.1126/science.aat6904. Full Text

Stern, Merav, et al. “A transformation from temporal to ensemble coding in a model of piriform cortex.Elife, vol. 7, Mar. 2018. Pubmed, doi:10.7554/eLife.34831. Full Text

Nagappan, Shivathmihai, and Kevin M. Franks. “Learning: Plasticity without Stabilization in Olfactory Cortex.Curr Biol, vol. 28, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. R23–25. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.11.010. Full Text

Roland, Benjamin, et al. “Odor identity coding by distributed ensembles of neurons in the mouse olfactory cortex.Elife, vol. 6, May 2017. Pubmed, doi:10.7554/eLife.26337. Full Text

Bolding, Kevin A., and Kevin M. Franks. “Complementary codes for odor identity and intensity in olfactory cortex.Elife, vol. 6, Apr. 2017. Pubmed, doi:10.7554/eLife.22630. Full Text

Roland, Benjamin, et al. “Massive normalization of olfactory bulb output in mice with a 'monoclonal nose'.Elife, vol. 5, May 2016. Pubmed, doi:10.7554/eLife.16335. Full Text

Franks, Kevin M. “I Want It All and I Want It Now: How a Neural Circuit Encodes Odor with Speed and Accuracy.Neuron, vol. 88, no. 5, Dec. 2015, pp. 852–54. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2015.11.016. Full Text

Gire, David H., et al. “Mitral cells in the olfactory bulb are mainly excited through a multistep signaling path.J Neurosci, vol. 32, no. 9, Feb. 2012, pp. 2964–75. Pubmed, doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5580-11.2012. Full Text