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Michel Telias, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 273-1772

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Dr. Michael Telias is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience with a primary appointment at the Flaum Eye Institute and joint appointment at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience. He is also a member of the Center for Visual Science and the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research Center.
Dr. Telias obtained his B.Sc. in Medical Sciences and M.Sc. in Medical Neurobiology from the Hadassah Medical School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his Ph.D. in Cell & Developmental Biology from the Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, Israel. As a doctoral student, he pioneered the use of human stem cells in the study of cognitive impairment and autism (Fragile X Syndrome). As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, he investigated the molecular and cellular mechanisms behind inner retinal remodeling in degenerative blinding diseases.



BMedSc | Israel - the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Bio-Medical Sciences

MSc | Israel - the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Medical Neurobiology

PhD | Israel - Tel-Aviv University
Cell and Developmental Biology -- Co-supervision: Department of Neurobiology – the Weizmann Institute of Science

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

2015 - 2021
USA - University of California, Berkeley Inner retinal remodeling - Advisor: Prof. Richard H Kramer


ILANIT/FISEB Conference Post-Doc Travel Award

2018 - Present
Reviewer for Molecular Psychiatry (Nature) and eNeuro (SFN)

2016 - Present
Review Editor for Neurogenesis – Frontiers in Neuroscience & Review Editor for Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience

Travel Award for the International Society for Stem Cell Research Annual Meeting

Sieratzki Family Appreciation Award for a Publication in Neuroscience, awarded by the Sieratzki Family, the Adams Super Center f

2nd Prize for best study, the annual Residence Day at Lis Maternity Hospital, Tel-Aviv

TEVA National Network of Excellence Pre-Doctoral Scholarship in Neuroscience (USD 25,000)

1st prize for original research on stem cells, the 4th Annual Young Investigators Meetings of the Israeli Stem Cell Society, Shi

1st prize for outstanding basic research, the annual conference of the Israel Fertility Association, Tel-Aviv

Excellence Award for Research in Developmental Biology in Memory of Prof. Boaz Moav, Switzerland Institute for Developmental Bio

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Journal Articles

Telias M, Ben-Yosef D. "Pharmacological Manipulation of Wnt/?-Catenin Signaling Pathway in Human Neural Precursor Cells Alters Their Differentiation Potential and Neuronal Yield." Frontiers in molecular neuroscience.. 2021 14:680018. Epub 2021 Aug 04.

Denlinger B, Helft Z, Telias M, Lorach H, Palanker D, Kramer RH. "Local photoreceptor degeneration causes local pathophysiological remodeling of retinal neurons." JCI insight.. 2020 Jan 30; 5(2)Epub 2020 Jan 30.

Telias M, Nawy S, Kramer RH. "Degeneration-Dependent Retinal Remodeling: Looking for the Molecular Trigger." Frontiers in neuroscience.. 2020 14:618019. Epub 2020 Dec 18.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Human pluripotent stem cells in the research of Fragile X Syndrome
Book Title: iPSCs for Modeling Central Nervous System Disorders
Author List: Telias M.
Edited By: Birbrair A
Published By: Advances in Stem Cell Biology, Springer-Nature 2021

Chapter Title: Human vs mouse in Fragile X syndrome research
Book Title: Fragile X Syndrome: Methods and Protocols
Author List: Telias M.
Edited By: Ben-Yosef D & Mayshar Y.
Published By: Methods in Molecular Biology [Springer] 2019

Chapter Title: Patch-clamp recordings from human embryonic stem cells-derived Fragile X neurons
Book Title: Fragile X Syndrome: Methods and Protocols
Author List: Telias M, Segal M
Edited By: Ben-Yosef D & Mayshar Y.
Published By: Methods in Molecular Biology [Springer] 2019