Loren Frank is a professor in the Department of Physiology and co-director of the Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.
Frank received his Ph.D. in systems and computational neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000 and carried out postdoctoral research in statistics and neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University from 2000 to 2003, at which time he joined the faculty at UCSF.
The Frank laboratory aims to understand how the brain learns, remembers and decides. The laboratory uses a combination of techniques, including large-scale multi-electrode recording, real-time signal processing, targeted optogenetic intervention and behavioral manipulations of awake behaving animals to understand how activity and plasticity in neural circuits underlie both learning and decision making. His long-term goal is to understand these processes well enough to develop approaches to treating memory-related problems such as learning disabilities and Alzheimer’s disease.