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Dr. John Werner

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Position Title
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

NPB, Ophthalmology - Medicine


Research Interests

Neurophysiological computations and mechanisms that mediate human vision, particularly changes in vision across the life span and in diseases of the retina and optic nerve. Current studies use psychophysical and electrophysiological methods, together with high-resolution retinal imaging (adaptive optics and optical coherence tomography), to study both normal aging and age-related diseases leading to blindness.


Humboldt-Preis - 1994

Jules & Doris Stein, RPB Professorship - 2000

National Institute on Aging, MERIT - 2001

Lighthouse International, Pisart Vision Award - 2008

Optical Society of America, Robert M. Boynton Lecture - 2013

International Colour Vision Society, Verriest Medal - 2015

Department and Center Affiliations

Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science

Department of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior

Center for Neuroscience

Center for Visual Sciences


American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow)

Optical Society of America (Fellow)

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (Fellow)

CBS Grad Group Affiliations


Specialties / Focus


  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Biomedical Engineering

Teaching Interests

Visual psychophysics and neural foundations of visual perception, color and spatial vision, human development and aging.


NPB90b/NPB164/NPB 261A,B,C / Psych 290 / NSC 261A Vision Science