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Dr 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 - presentSenior Lecturer  School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Cardiff University
2006 - presentHeadVisual Neuroscience & Molecular Biology Research Group


Awards & Honors

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



OP1105/1106InstructorHuman head & neck anatomy
OP2014LecturerBinocular Vision and Optometric Neurophysiology
OP3106LecturerVisual perception
OP3107SupervisorResearch Project




Head, Visual Neuroscience and Molecular Biology Research Group
Director, Research Unit for Nystagmus (RUN)

Member of:    

Research Committee
Postgraduate Research Committee
Innovation and Engagement Committee
BSc & MSc 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

Leverhulme Trust Newsletter  – “Magnetoreception in the homing pigeon”  (see April 2011 issue, 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.

Science in Health – 17 March 2011; 8 March 2012
Cardiff School of Medicine / University Hospital of Wales
Demonstration 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

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
Research Unit for Nystagmus (RUN) first Open Day to pay tribute to and thank those who have volunteered, and to introduce those who were not volunteers to what we do in an informal environment.