Loren Frank is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a professor of physiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is also the co-director of the Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience at UCSF. He received his B.A. in psychology and cognitive studies from Carleton College and his Ph.D. in systems neuroscience and computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He did postdoctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. His laboratory uses a combination of techniques to study the neural bases of learning, memory and decision-making. In particular, his work focuses on the hippocampus and related structures, brain areas critical for forming and retrieving memories for the events of daily life. He also works in close collaboration with colleagues from Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories to develop new technologies to understand how the brain works and how to fix it when it is not working properly. These technologies include flexible polymer electrodes that make it possible to record from large numbers of neurons for months at a time. Frank has received numerous awards for his scientific discoveries and mentoring, including fellowships from the Sloan, McKnight and Merck foundations as well as the Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award, the Indiana University Gill Young Investigator Award, the UCSF Faculty Mentoring Award, and the College Mentors for Kids Inspire Award.
Current Project: Remapping across time, space and region
Past Project: The neural substrates of memories and decisions