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Michael Telias, PhD

Assistant Professor 
Flaum Eye Institute
University of Rochester Medical Center



I'm a neuroscientist with a focus in molecular and cellular physiology. 
My goal is to understand the interplay between neuronal activity and gene expression, and how it is affected by disease in the retina and in the brain.

  • B.Sc. Medical Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005

  • M.Sc. Medical Neurobiology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2008

  • Ph.D. Cell & Dev. Biology, Tel Aviv University; Department of Neurobiology, the Weizmann Institute of Science, 2015

  • Postdoc, Mol. & Cell Biology, University of California Berkeley, 2019.

Lab Members


Dr. Kaitlin Wozniak

Research Scientist and Lab Manager

Kaitlin holds a BS in Physics from Allegheny college and a PhD in Optics from the University of Rochester. She was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Flaum Eye Institute before joining the Telias lab as a Lab Manager and Research Scientist. 

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Dr. Leonor Afrima

Postdoctoral Associate

Leonor holds a B.S. in Animal Sciences, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Bio-Medical Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, she was a Research Assistant at the Weizmann Institute of Science and an R&D Researcher at Phibro.


Adib Behrouzi

Graduate Student

Adib Behrouzi holds a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is an MD/PhD student (Class of 2030) in the Medical Scientist Training Program (Dept. of Pathology) at the  University of Rochester Medical Center.


Sarah Farid

Research Assistant

Sarah graduated in 2022 from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Psychology.

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Alan Abraham

Undergraduate Student/Research Assistant

Alan is majoring in Cell & Developmental Biology with a minor in Psychology at the University of Rochester. He was awarded the Discovery Grant for his summer project 2022 at the Telias Lab.

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Karen Oh

Undergraduate Student

Karen is majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rochester.


Judith Monickaraj

Undergraduate Student

Judy is majoring in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester.

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Emma Evereth

Undergraduate Student

Emma is majoring in Neuroscience, Psychology and Chemistry and the University of Rochester.


Victoria Hirst

Undergraduate Student

Victoria is majoring in Molecular Genetics & Public Health at the University for Rochester.

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Brian Grover

MD Student

Brian graduated in 2021 from Brigham University with a BS in Microbiology. He is currently a Med Student at URMC. 

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