1972 Marshall Scholar

Jon Erichsen is Professor of Visual Neuroscience and the Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University, where he has taught and conducted his research for over 20 years.

He obtained a BA in Biology at Harvard and then his DPhil in Zoology at the University of Oxford. He returned to the US to become a Research Assistant Professor in the Dept. Of Neurobiology and Behavior at Stony Brook University before taking up his post in Cardiff.

His areas of interest range from the mechanisms underlying visually guided behaviour, such as head and eye movement, to investigations of brain areas involved in spatial memory. As Director of the Cardiff Eye Movement Experimental Research Group (EMERG), he oversees studies of both experimental models and clinical patients, including those with infantile nystagmus and Huntington’s disease. He and his colleagues want to better understand the impact of their conditions on perception and are developing the use of eye movements as a biomarker for assessing the effectiveness of potential treatments. He has published over 75 papers and is frequently invited to give lectures about his research in the UK, Europe and the US.

In addition to his university responsibilities, Jon is Chief Scientific Advisor for the nystagmus charity, IN-vision, as well as being on the Scientific Advisory Panel for a second support and research organisation, Nystagmus Network. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Applied Vision Association (UK). 

Jon is a 1972 Marshall Scholar and Danforth Fellow and continues as class secretary for his fellow scholars.