Ellis Loew, PhD

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Department of Biomedical Sciences

Professor of Physiology

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Baker, Box 53

Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 607.253.3840
Fax: 607.253.3846
Email: erl1@cornell.edu

Research Interest

  1. Ecology and Evolution of Vision
  2. Predator/Prey Interactions in Planktivorous Fish
  3. Physical Optics of Natural Waters
  4. Biochemistry and Ecology of Visual Pigments
  5. Computer Modeling of Visual Processes Using Remote Sensing Techniques
  6. Electro-Optical Instrumentation
  7. Clinical Electroretinography


Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles    A.A.      1966     Chemistry
University of California, Los Angeles      B.A.      1968     Zoology
University of California, Los Angeles      M.A.      1971     Zoology
University of California, Los Angeles      Ph.D.     1973     Biology

Biography/Professional Experience

2002 -Director of Undergraduate Studies
    1998-Professor of Physiology & Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    1983-1998 Associate Professor of Physiology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    1979-Director, Electro-ophthalmology Diagnostic Service, NYSCVM, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    1977-1983- Assistant Professor of Physiology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    1975-1977- NIH Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate, Section of Ecology and Systematics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    1974-1975- MRC Visiting Fellow, MRC Vision Research Unit, University of Sussex, Brighton, England.  H.J.A. Dartnall, Director
    1973-1974- Fight for Sight, Inc. Postdoctoral Fellow, MRC Vision Unit, University of Sussex, Brighton, England. H.J.A. Dartnall, Director


  1. Loew, E.R. (2002) Color Vision in Animals.  In: Small Animal Ophthalmology Secrets” (R.C. Riis, ed). Hanley & Belfus, Philadelphia.  Pp7-11.
  2. Diau-Guan, Y., E.R. Loew, V. Wijendran, E. Sarkadi-Nagy, P.W. Nathanielsz and J.T. Brenna. (2003). Docosahexanoic and arachadonic acid influence on preterm baboon retinal composition and function.  Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 44:4559-4566
  3. Loew, E.R. and H. Zhang. (2005). The Propagation of visual signals in the aquatic environment: An Interactive Windows®-Based Model. In: F. Ladich, S.P. Collin, P. Moller, & B.G. Kapoor (Eds.), Communication in Fishes, 2 (pp. 281-302). Enfield, NH, USA: Science Publishers.
  4. Loew, E.R. and C.M. Wahl. (2008). Photoreception.  In: R.N. Finn & B.G. Kapoor (ed.) Fish Larval Physiology. Science Publishers, Enfield, NH. PP. 395-424.
  5. Martin, M., J-F Le Galliard, S. Meylan, E.R. Loew (2015). The importance of ultraviolet and near-infrared sensitivity for visual discrimination in two species of lacertid lizards.  J. Exp. Biol. 218:458-465.

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Awards and Honors


Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Field of Physiology
  • Field of Neurobiology and Behavior