Professor Sophie Wuerger


I am a professor of cognitive and clinical neuroscience with a focus on visual neuroscience. To understand how signals from the retina map into higher-order appearance mechanisms I use behavioural methods, electrophysiology and functional brain imaging.

Understanding the computations the visual brain performs allows us to develop appearance models mimicking the human visual system which are useful in industrial, technological and medical applications.

After obtaining a Ph.D. at New York University in Visual Neuroscience with Michael Landy and John Krauskopf, I continued to work as a postdoc at NYU with John Krauskopf and Larry Maloney, before joining the Institute of Ophthalmology (UCL) to  work with Michael Morgan as post-doctoral researcher.

 In 2001, I was awarded a Senior National Research Council Fellowship to work at NASA Ames (CA) on computational vision models. Since then I have held visiting professorships at the University of Regensburg and at the Computer Vision Centre at the University of Barcelona and an honorary professorship at the University of Science & Technology, Liaoning, China. 

My current work is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Personal distinctions

  • Geoffrey J Burton Lecturer (AVA 2019)
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona (Competitive Fellowship, Spanish Government 2010)
  • Associate Member of F1000 (Biology: Neuroscience) (F1000 Biology 2009)
  • Wellcome Trust Sabbatical Award (Competitive Fellowship, Wellcome Trust 2008)
  • Visiting Professor the University of Regensburg (University of Regensburg 2008)
  • Senior Research Fellowship at NASA Ames, CA. (Competitive Fellowship, National Research Council, USA 2001)