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Joseph T. Francis
Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology
Sensory Motor Integration and Brain Machine Interfacing
My research interest is centered on developing a fully integrated Brain Machine Interface (BMI) for the control of prosthetic limbs. I feel that our best chance of accomplishing such a goal will involve a unique strategy and point of view, one that can be gained by exploiting several experimental models. Much of my work involves rats, monkeys and humans making reaching movements while interacting with robotic systems. The robotic systems are used to produce novel dynamical situations allowing me to ask questions about motor learning and how different brain regions respond to such learning.
For further information, see joefrancislab.com.
So, P., Francis, J. T., Netoff, T. I., Gluckman, B. J., and Schiff, S. J. (1998). Periodic orbits: a new language for neuronal dynamics. Biophys. J. 74, 2776-2785.
Francis, J. T., So, P., Gluckman, B. J., and Schiff, S. J. (2001). Differentiability implies continuity in neuronal dynamics. PHYSICA. D. 148, 175-181.
Francis, J. T., Gluckman, B. J., and Schiff, S. J. (2003). Sensitivity of neurons to weak electric fields. J. Neurosci. 23, 7255-7261.
Mulugeta Semework, B.S., M.S., Graduate Student
Reviewer for various scientific publications.