John Werner

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Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Ophthalmology - Medicine

Offices and Labs

UCDMC, ACC Room 2349
(916) 734-6817


1979 PhD Brown University

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


Vision Science & Advanced Retinal Imaging Laboratory website

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


8/29/2014 3:13:07 PM
  • Shinomori, K. & Werner, J.S. (2012) Aging of human short-wave cone pathways. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 109, 13422-13427.
  • Kim, D.Y., Fingler, J., Zawadzki, R.J., Park, S.S., Morse, L.S., Schwartz, D.M., Fraser, S.E. & Werner, J.S. (2013) Optical imaging of the chorioretinal vasculature in the living eye. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 110, 14354-14359.
  • Schwartz, D.M., Fingler, J., Kim, D.Y., Zawadzki, R.J., Morse, L.S., Park, S.S., Fraser, S.E. & Werner, J.S. (2014) Phase-variance optical coherence tomography: A technique for non-invasive angiography. Ophthalmology, 121, 180-187.