Dr. Ido Perlman, PhD
Ido Perlman, Ph.D. is the Pearl Seiden Professor in Vision Science at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He is a faculty member in the Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine since 1980. Born in Jerusalem, Perlman earned bachelor (B.Sc.) and master (M.Sc.) degrees in chemistry from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was in Michigan where he was introduced to retinal neurobiology. Following one year of postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland, he worked for two years as a Research Assistant in the Department of Ophthalmology at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem. In 1980, he returned to the Technion as a faculty member in the Faculty of Medicine.
At the Technion, Dr. Perlman studies visual information processing in the retina, and the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying retinal disorders. His research interests in basic science deal with the retinal physiological mechanisms underlying color information processing, light- and dark-adaptation and spatial information processing. In the more clinically oriented research, he studies the molecular mechanisms underlying photoreceptor degeneration in a variety of animal models such as light-induced degeneration, genetic photoreceptor degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and drug toxicity. In 1986/7 Perlman spent a sabbatical year in the Biological Laboratories of Harvard University, and has collaborated for many years with Drs. Helga Kolb, Richard Normann and Eric Lasater in John Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City where he holds an adjunct position as a professor at the University of Utah, Health Sciences. In 2002/3, he spent a sabbatical at New York University Medical Center, and continues to collaborate with Dr. Stewart Bloomfield from NYU on retinal physiology. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Perlman published more than 100 scientific publications in international professional journals, and participated in many scientific meetings in the United States and other countries. He has supervised 25 graduate students, 15 medical students and 30 residents in ophthalmology who conducted their basic research training in his laboratory.
Dr. Perlman served in numerous academic administration positions. He chaired the department of Physiology & Biophysics for 6 years, guided the graduate programs in the faculty of medicine, and was appointed Vice Dean for Research and Development, and was a member of many senate committees. He served for 4 years (1998-2002) as Dean of the Technion Graduate School, and since January 2005, he serves as the Dean of the Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine.
Ido is married to Rina and they have three daughters; Shirley, Danna and Anat and 2 grandchildren. Ido and Rina live in Haifa, Israel.