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Prof Jonathan Erichsen 

Education & Professional Qualifications

1968 - 1972AB (First Class Honours in Biology) Harvard University
1979  DPhil (Zoology) University of Oxford
1979 - 1983National Eye Institute (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellowship


Academic Positions

1983 - 1996Research Assistant ProfessorDept. of Neurobiology & Behavior, SUNY at Stony Brook, New York (USA)
1995 - 2014Senior Lecturer  School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Cardiff University
2006 - presentHeadVisual Neuroscience & Molecular Biology Research Group
2014 - PresentProfessorSchool of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Cardiff University


Awards & Honors

1972Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
1972NSF Postgraduate Studentship
1972-1975Marshall Scholar
1972-1979Danforth Foundation Fellow




Director, Postgraduate Research

Lead, Visual Neuroscience
Director, Research Unit for Nystagmus (RUN)


Member of:    

Research Committee
Postgraduate Research Committee
BSc Board of Studies

Recent University Committees (2000-2012)

Chair, University JBIOS Users' Group

Member of: 

Biological Standards Committee
CUBRIC Steering Group
EMRIC Management Group
Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Institute Management Group

Public Engagement

Interview with Richard Osman about his nystagmus [Mail on Sunday] – 4 November 2013

Featured as Director of the Cardiff Research Unit for Nystagmus.

Brain Games17 March 2013; 16 March 2014

Wellcome Trust funded public engagement event produced by neuroscientists at Cardiff University for Brain Awareness Week hosted by the National Museum of Wales, to allow members of the public to explore different facets of neuroscience, mental health and biomedical ethics in a series of entertaining and stimulating activities for children and their parents.

Nystagmus Network Open Day – 13 October 2011; 5 October 2013

An invited speaker at this annual event hosted in London by the Nystagmus Network charity to enable those with nystagmus and their families to speak to medics, researchers and other professionals in an informal setting. There is also an exhibition area for low vision aids and local groups.

Science in Health – 17 March 2011; 8 March 2012; 21-22 March 2013; 19-20 March 2014

Cardiff School of Medicine / University Hospital of Wales

Demonstrations to introduce high school students to the function of eye movements and how they are recorded in the course of basic research and clinical diagnosis.

Leverhulme Trust Newsletter – April 2011 “Magnetoreception in the homing pigeon”  (see page 10)

An article about our recently funded research on the remarkable ability of homing pigeons to sense the earth’s magnetic field and orient accurately to find their way home.

Radio Wales Science Café – 4 April 2011

School of Optometry & Vision Sciences at Cardiff University

This week Adam Walton, from BBC Radio Wales, visits the School to take a closer look at one of the most complex organs in the human body: the eye.

Open Day for the Research Unit for Nystagmus (RUN) - 17 April 2010

First Open Day to pay tribute to and thank those who have volunteered for our studies, and to introduce those who were not volunteers to what we do in an informal environment. Interviewed by Insight Radio (RNIB).

Nystagmus Network (UK)  - Research featured on charity web site and in Newsletters

1996-present   Alumni admissions interviewer for Wales & Southwest England, Harvard University; member of Harvard Club of the United Kingdom (HCUK)

2007-present   Organiser of the Cardiff Expat American Meetup Group