Associate Professor Karin Nordstrom

Associate Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (6E:122)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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Associate Professor, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, 2017 –

Senior Lecturer, Anatomy & Histology, School of Medical Sciences, Flinders University, 2015 – 2017

Senior Researcher, Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala University, 2013 – 2015

Swedish Research Council (VR) Research Fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala Uni, 2009-13

Australian Research Council Research Fellow (3 year fellowship), The University of Adelaide, 2008-09

Lecturer in Physiology (continuing appointment), The University of Adelaide, 2007 – 2009

Post doc, School of Molecular and Biomedical Science, The University of Adelaide, 2004-07

In my group we use hoverflies to understand how the nervous system codes visual information. We use a range of techniques, such as electrophysiology of single neurons in the fly brain, quantitative behavior, free flight experiments, and field site measurements. Our neuroethological approach allows us to use behaviorally relevant stimuli in more controlled laboratory experiments.


PhD in Zoology, Lund University, 2003

MSc in Biology, Uppsala University, 1999

Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education), The University of Adelaide, 2008

Honours, awards and grants

Discovery Project, Australian Research Council (ARC, DP170100008, 18% success rate), “Target detection in 3D optic flow”, AUD 325,000, with Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido, Cambridge, 2017-2019

Stiftelsen Olle Engkvist Byggmästare (2016/348), “Multi-modala faktorer i blomflugepollinering: beteende och neurovetenskap”, collaboration with Shannon Olsson, NCBS,900,000 Skr, 2016 – 2018

Research Fellowship, Swedish Research Council, 2009 – 2012

Research Fellowship, ARC, 2008-2010

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Swedish Research Council, 2005 – 2006

Research expertise
Research interests

My primary research interest in understanding the neural computations underlying motion vision in small brains. You can read more about my research by following the link to my homepage. I am currently looking for people to join my lab. If you are interested, contact me for an appointment.

Supervisory interests
Collision Detection
Image processing
Motion Vision
Natural Scenes
Neural circuits
Optic Flow
Target Detection
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Arena development for behavioral studies of free-flying flies (Uppsala Univ) (1), Neural processing of visual information in HS in blowfly – stimulus design (Univ Heidelberg) (1), Development of FlyTracker software (Uppsala Univ.) (1), Target detection in behaving hoverflies (Uppsala Univ) (1), Development of visual stimuli for motion vision research (Uppsala Univ) (1), Motion vision processing in fly lobula plate tangential cells (Uppsala Univ) (1), Octopaminergic effects on motion adaptation (Univ Amsterdam) (1)
Associate supervisor: The paralemmin protein family – phosphoproteins involved in filopodia and dendritic spine formation (Uppsala Univ) (1), Local and global neural mechanisms underlying the robust velocity coding of natural images (Univ of Adelaide) (1)
Expert for media contact
Motion vision
Natural scene statistics
insect vision
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Media expertise
  • Neuroscience
  • Motion vision
  • Natural scene statistics
  • electrophysiology
  • hoverfly
  • insect vision

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