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

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


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

Franks, Kevin M., et al. “Recurrent circuitry dynamically shapes the activation of piriform cortex.Neuron, vol. 72, no. 1, Oct. 2011, pp. 49–56. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2011.08.020. Full Text

Rancz, Ede A., et al. “Transfection via whole-cell recording in vivo: bridging single-cell physiology, genetics and connectomics.Nat Neurosci, vol. 14, no. 4, Apr. 2011, pp. 527–32. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/nn.2765. Full Text

Conner, James M., et al. “NGF is essential for hippocampal plasticity and learning.J Neurosci, vol. 29, no. 35, Sept. 2009, pp. 10883–89. Pubmed, doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2594-09.2009. Full Text

Fleischmann, Alexander, et al. “Mice with a "monoclonal nose": perturbations in an olfactory map impair odor discrimination.Neuron, vol. 60, no. 6, Dec. 2008, pp. 1068–81. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2008.10.046. Full Text