Dr. Erich Jarvis

Birthplace: Harlem, NY


Ph.D., Molecular Neurobiology and Animal Behavior, The Rockefeller University 

B.A., Double major: Biology and Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry, Hunter College

Current Roles: Professor, Laboratory of Neurogenetics of Language at The Rockefeller University and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dr. Jarvis is best known for his studies of the neural and genetic mechanisms of spoken language using song-learning birds and other animals. His lab focuses on how the brain produces complex traits, such as spoken language, and disorders associated with it. He has received dozens of awards for his work, including The American Society for Cell Biology’s Ernest Everett Just Award (recognizing impact on diversity in science) and the National Institutes of Health Director's Transformative Research Award. He is passionate about using his voice on behalf of Black and disadvantaged groups, and explains in a recent interview how he has found his voice as an advocate. 

Fun Fact: Dr. Jarvis was a professional dancer who received scholarships to New York’s Joffrey Ballet and Alvin Ailey Dance School.

Headshot of Dr. Erich Jarvis