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Michael                        Farkas

Michael H. Farkas PhD

Department of Ophthalmology

Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Bioinformatics; Eukaryotic Pathogenesis; Gene Expression; Gene therapy; Genomics and proteomics; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Molecular Basis of Disease; Molecular genetics; RNA; Stem Cells; Vision science


Education and Training:
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School (2014)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania (2011)
  • PhD, Biological Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo (2009)
  • MS, Biotechnology, Johns Hopkins University (2004)
  • BS, Biology, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Magna Cum Laude (2002)
  • Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, State University of New York at Buffalo (2016-present)
  • Instructor, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School (2014–2016)
  • Investigator, Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (2014–2016)
Awards and Honors:
  • Emerging Vision Scientist (2016)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (2010)
  • Presidential Fellow (2004)
  • Biological Sciences Fellow (2004)

Research Centers:
  • Ira G. Ross Eye Institute Research Center
UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:
  • Molecular Recognition in Biological Systems and Bioinformatics
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • June 2015–May 2017
    Functional characterization of a novel splice variant in PRPF31
    Foundation Fighting Blindness
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • April 2010–March 2013
    The role of RNA splicing factors in retinal degeneration
    National Eye Institute
    Role: Principal Investigator

Journal Articles:
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Books and Book Chapters:
  • Farkas M. Interrogating the transcriptome to study inherited retinal degenerations. 2014.
  • Farkas M. Characterization of Chlortetracycline-induced Glutathione S-Transferase to Conjugate Chloroacetanilide and Chlorotriazine Herbicides. 2009.
  • Farkas M. Antibiotic transformation in plants via gluthathione conjugation. 2008.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Society for Human Genetics (2013–present)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2010–present)
  • American Chemical Society (2005–2009)
  • Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2005–2009)
  • "Inherited retinal dystrophies: bridging the mutation to therapy gap using iPS disease modeling" Seminar Series, Childrenā€˜s Hospital Los Angeles (2016)
  • "RNA-Seq guided gene therapy for vision loss" Festival of Genomics (2016)
  • "Targeted capture for RNA-Seq studies" Festival of Genomics (2016)
  • "RNA splicing factor-associated RP: from genetics to gene therapy" Seminar Series, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Ocular Regenerative Medicine Institute (2016)
  • "Insights into the pathogenesis of RNA splicing factor retinitis pigmentosa" Seminar Series, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Visual Sciences Group (2015)
  • "Insights into the pathogenesis of RNA splicing factor retinitis pigmentosa" Seminar Series, State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Ophthalmology (2015)
  • "Insights into the pathogenesis of RNA splicing factor retinitis pigmentosa" Seminar Series, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Genetic and Regenerative Medicine of Eye Disease Symposium (2015)
  • "Genetics of and Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Degenerations" Program in Medical and Population Genetics, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (2014)
  • "RNA-Seq" Illumina Users Group Meeting, Illumina (2013)
  • "Preparation of High Quality RNA-Seq Libraries for Next-Generation sequencing" Webinar, Agilent, Agilent Users Group Meeting (2013)
  • "The Role of Alternative Splicing in the Pathogenesis of RNA Splicing Factor Retinitis Pigmentosa" Seminar Series, State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Biological Sciences (2013)
  • "Insights into RNA Splicing Factor RP Through Functional Studies and Transcriptome Analyses" Retina Focus Group, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Department of Ophthalmology (2013)
  • "Revealing the Retinal Transcriptome with Next-Generation Sequencing and its Implications for Disease" Illumina Technology Day, Illumina (2012)
  • "Comprehensive Characterization of the Wild-type Mouse Neural Retina Transcriptome Using Next-Generation Sequencing" Seminar Series, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Genetics (2011)
  • "Characterizing the Transcriptomes of RNA Splicing Factor mice" Seminar Series, University of Pennsylvania, F.M. Kirby Center for Molecular Ophthalmology (2010)
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3495 Bailey Avenue
Bldg 20, Rm 239
Mail Stop 151
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: 716-834-9200 x5638
Fax: 716-862-6526

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