Erica Fletcher is Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at The University of Melbourne, where she heads the Visual Neuroscience Laboratory. She is a clinically trained optometrist who holds both MSc and PhD degrees.
Professor Fletcher’s interest in the mechanisms of photoreceptor degeneration stem back to her doctoral studies. In 1996, Professor Fletcher was awarded a highly coveted CJ Martin Award from the NH&MRC (Australia) to undertake her post-doctoral training with Professor Dr Heinz Wässle, at the Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. Professor Fletcher was appointed to an academic position in 2000 at The University of Melbourne. In 2006 she was awarded the Irvin M and Beatrice Borish Award from the American Academy of Optometry for her contribution to vision research. Professor Fletcher’s research interests remain primarily focussed on understanding the causes of inherited retinal diseases.