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Interview with Erich Jarvis, Ph.D

Erich Jarvis, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the department of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. His research focuses on avian intelligence and vocal learning, and has had over 50 papers published in academic journals.

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Noted Research Papers | Talking Points | About Erich Jarvis, Ph.D

Noted Research Papers

Warren WC, Clayton DF, Ellegren H, Arnold, AP, Hillier LW, Kunstner A, Searle S, White S, Vilella AJ, Fairley S, Heger A, Kong L, Ponting CP, Jarvis ED, et al.
The genome of a songbird. (2010)
Nature 464:757-762.

Feenders G, Liedvogel M, Rivas MV, Zapka M, Horita H, Hara E, Wada K, Mouritsen H, Jarvis ED.
Molecular mapping of movement-associated areas in the avian brain: A Motor theory for vocal learning origin. (2008)
PLoS ONE 3(3): e1768, 1-27.

Smith VA, Yu J, Smulders TV, Hartemink AJ, Jarvis ED.
Computational inference of neural information flow networks. (2006)
PLoS Computational Biology 2:1436-1449.

Wada K, Howard JT, McConnell P, Lints T, Rivas MV, Whitney O, Horita H, Patterson MA, White SA, Scharff C, Heasler S, Zhao S, Sakaguchi H, Hagiwara M, Shiraki T, Hirozane-Kishikawa T, Skene P, Hayashizaki Y, Carninci P, Jarvis ED.
A molecular neuroethological approach for identifying and characterizing a cascade of behaviorally regulated genes. (2006)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103:15212-15217.

Mouritsen H, Feenders G, Liedvogel M, Wada K, Jarvis ED.
A night vision brain area in migratory songbirds. (2005)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102:8339-8344.

Talking Points

About Erich Jarvis, Ph.D

Erich Jarvis, Ph.D., had a difficult childhood and had to move with his mother and siblings as his father struggled with drug use as well as drug-induced schizophrenia. Dr. Jarvis went on to earn degrees in biology and mathematics at City University of New York and Hunter College, and ultimately a Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in neurobiology. He is now a professor of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center, Department of Neurobiology, as well and a world-renowned leader in using animals to study brain mechanisms of spoken-language. In 2008, he was rewarded for his research creativity and was selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, which is allowing him even more freedom to explore unexpected avenues as he delves into the genetics and molecular inner workings of the brain. He works with songbirds, parrots and hummingbirds to unlock the secrets of language problems, such as stuttering. He studies molecular pathways in the brains of vocal birds to learn how the brain operates, how language is learned and how it evolved.


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