Dr. Werner is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California Davis and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Association (Experimental Division), American Psychological Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Gerontological Society of America and Optical Society of America. He has been a co-recipient of two R&D 100 Awards for retinal imaging with adaptive optics. Jack was awarded the Humboldt Research Prize in the Natural Sciences from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Bonn, Germany) in 1994, and received the 1998 distinguished research lecture award of the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received a Jules and Doris Stein Professorship from Research to Prevent Blindness in 2000, and the Pisart Vision Award in 2008 from Lighthouse International (New York Association for the Blind).
Jack's laboratory, the Vision Science & Advanced Retinal Imaging Laboratory, has combined studies of visual psychophysics, electrophysiology and high-resolution retinal imaging. He is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed papers, four books, and is the co-editor with Leo M. Chalupa of the forthcoming volume of The New Visual Neurosciences (MIT Press).
John S. Werner
Jack attended the University of Kansas as an undergraduate, and received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1979 under Bill R. Wooten in the Walter S. Hunter Laboratory of Psychology. He subsequently conducted postdoctoral research with Jan Walraven at the Institute for Perception – TNO in Soesterberg, The Netherlands. Jack then joined the Psychology faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he remained until 1999. This time was interspersed with collaborations in 1981 and 1995 with Lothar Spillmann in the Department of Neurophysiology at Freiburg University, Germany. He was an honorary fellow with Robert Weale at the Institute of Ophthalmology, London in 1986. In 2000, Jack moved to UC Davis where he holds joint appointments in the Departments of Ophthalmology & Vision Science, and Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior.