Lev Prasov, M.D., Ph.D.

Lev Prasov, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor, Human Genetics
Academic Phone: 734-763-3732

Biography

Lev Prasov is a physician-scientist practicing comprehensive ophthalmology and ophthalmic genetics. He earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Michigan. Following his studies, he completed his medical and graduate studies as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Michigan. His completed his PhD in Human Genetics in the laboratory of Tom Glaser. Following his medical school training, he completed his transitional year internship at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, and ophthalmology residency training at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye center. He subsequently completed fellowship training in Ophthalmic Genetics at the National Eye Institute (National Institutes of Health). He is now a NIH/NEI K12 scholar in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Human Genetics, and he has received funding for his work through the Knights Templar Eye Foundation and the Bright Focus Foundation. In 2019, he was awarded the ARVO/Alcon Early Career Clinician Scientist award. The focus of his research and part of his clinical practice is on the genetic basis of developmental ocular disorders, specifically glaucoma and disorders of refractive error.

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Research Areas

Research Summary

The Prasov lab seeks to identify novel genes and pathways in inherited ocular conditions with the hope of developing or improving therapies for these conditions. We use a combination of human genetics and mammalian and cell culture models to identify and validate disease genes and to identify novel pathways for pathogenesis. Our aim is to bring back these discoveries to our patients and aid in the diagnosis and treatment of their conditions.

Clinical Interests

Comprehensive ophthalmology, ophthalmic genetics, cataract and diseases of the anterior segment, disorders of refractive error

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Honors & Awards

2019

  • ARVO/Alcon Early Career Clinician Scientist Award

2018

  • Grant, “Validating myelin regulatory factor (MYRF) as a nanophthalmos gene and regulator of eye development”, Knights Templar Eye Foundation

2017

  • Grant, “Defining a new gene for nanophthalmos”, Alliance for Vision
  • Grant, “Genetics of Homocysteine Metabolism in Glaucoma”, Bright Focus Foundation
  • Resident and Fellow Research Forum Award,  Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and Research to Prevent Blindness
  • Travel Award, International Society of Genetic Eye Disease and Retinoblastoma
  • Knights Templar Eye Foundation “Validating NYRF as a nanophthalmos gene in eye development
  • LaBerge Award for research on the “Gene Discovery in Ophthalmology”
  • Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, First place Resident Research Presentations for “Gene Discover in Ophthalmology”, 2017
  • George Slocum Resident Research Award, U-M Kellogg Eye Center

Credentials

  • Medical School - University of Michigan Medical School, 2014
  • Residency - Ophthalmology, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan 2018
  • Fellowship - Opthahlmic Genetics, National Institutes of Health, 2019

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma (ISGEDR)

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