PhD Student Aristeidis Telonis

PhD Student

Short Bio

Aristeidis is a fifth year PhD student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Program at Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Thomas Jefferson University. His current scientific work focuses on non-coding RNA biology, including miRNAs and tRNA fragments, as they can be analyzed from RNA-seq datasets. He is specifically interested in using bioinformatics and statistical tools and inter-disciplinary approaches to tackle biological questions. His broader scientific interests include the integration of information from multiple high-throughput analytical platforms towards understanding complex cellular/molecular phenotypes (systems biology). Aristeidis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Patras (Patras, Greece) and a Master’s Degree in Biological Technology from the same University. During his Master’s research he worked on the use of metabolomic analysis as a tool in clinical prognosis.





  • Telonis, AG, Rigoutsos, I. Race disparities in the contribution of miRNA isoforms and tRNA-derived fragments to triple-negative breast cancer. Cancer Res. 2017; :. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-17-1947. PubMed PMID:29229607 .
  • Pliatsika, V, Loher, P, Magee, R, Telonis, AG, Londin, E, Shigematsu, M, Kirino, Y, Rigoutsos, I. MINTbase v2.0: a comprehensive database for tRNA-derived fragments that includes nuclear and mitochondrial fragments from all The Cancer Genome Atlas projects. Nucleic Acids Res. 2018;46 (D1):D152-D159. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx1075. PubMed PMID:29186503 PubMed Central PMC5753276.
  • Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network. Electronic address:, Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network. Integrated Genomic Characterization of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma. Cancer Cell. 2017;32 (2):185-203.e13. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2017.07.007. PubMed PMID:28810144 .
  • Magee, R, Telonis, AG, Cherlin, T, Rigoutsos, I, Londin, E. Assessment of isomiR Discrimination Using Commercial qPCR Methods. Noncoding RNA. 2017;3 (2):. doi: 10.3390/ncrna3020018. PubMed PMID:28730153 PubMed Central PMC5514785.
  • Loher, P, Telonis, AG, Rigoutsos, I. MINTmap: fast and exhaustive profiling of nuclear and mitochondrial tRNA fragments from short RNA-seq data. Sci Rep. 2017;7 :41184. doi: 10.1038/srep41184. PubMed PMID:28220888 PubMed Central PMC5318995.
  • Telonis, AG, Magee, R, Loher, P, Chervoneva, I, Londin, E, Rigoutsos, I. Knowledge about the presence or absence of miRNA isoforms (isomiRs) can successfully discriminate amongst 32 TCGA cancer types. Nucleic Acids Res. 2017;45 (6):2973-2985. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx082. PubMed PMID:28206648 PubMed Central PMC5389567.
  • Shigematsu, M, Honda, S, Loher, P, Telonis, AG, Rigoutsos, I, Kirino, Y. YAMAT-seq: an efficient method for high-throughput sequencing of mature transfer RNAs. Nucleic Acids Res. 2017;45 (9):e70. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx005. PubMed PMID:28108659 PubMed Central PMC5605243.


  • Zhou, H, Telonis, AG, Jing, Y, Xia, NL, Biederman, L, Jimbo, M, Blanco, F, Londin, E, Brody, JR, Rigoutsos, I. GPRC5A is a potential oncogene in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cells that is upregulated by gemcitabine with help from HuR. Cell Death Dis. 2016;7 :e2294. doi: 10.1038/cddis.2016.169. PubMed PMID:27415424 PubMed Central PMC4973341.
  • Pliatsika, V, Loher, P, Telonis, AG, Rigoutsos, I. MINTbase: a framework for the interactive exploration of mitochondrial and nuclear tRNA fragments. Bioinformatics. 2016;32 (16):2481-9. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btw194. PubMed PMID:27153631 PubMed Central PMC4978933.
  • Telonis, AG, Loher, P, Kirino, Y, Rigoutsos, I. Consequential considerations when mapping tRNA fragments. BMC Bioinformatics. 2016;17 :123. doi: 10.1186/s12859-016-0921-0. PubMed PMID:26961774 PubMed Central PMC4785646.


  • Telonis, AG, Loher, P, Jing, Y, Londin, E, Rigoutsos, I. Beyond the one-locus-one-miRNA paradigm: microRNA isoforms enable deeper insights into breast cancer heterogeneity. Nucleic Acids Res. 2015;43 (19):9158-75. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv922. PubMed PMID:26400174 PubMed Central PMC4627084.
  • Telonis, AG, Loher, P, Honda, S, Jing, Y, Palazzo, J, Kirino, Y, Rigoutsos, I. Dissecting tRNA-derived fragment complexities using personalized transcriptomes reveals novel fragment classes and unexpected dependencies. Oncotarget. 2015;6 (28):24797-822. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.4695. PubMed PMID:26325506 PubMed Central PMC4694795.
  • Jimbo, M, Blanco, FF, Huang, YH, Telonis, AG, Screnci, BA, Cosma, GL, Alexeev, V, Gonye, GE, Yeo, CJ, Sawicki, JA, Winter, JM, Brody, JR. Targeting the mRNA-binding protein HuR impairs malignant characteristics of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cells. Oncotarget. 2015;6 (29):27312-31. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.4743. PubMed PMID:26314962 PubMed Central PMC4694992.
  • Telonis, AG, Margarity, M. Phobos: A novel software for recording rodents' behavior during the thigmotaxis and the elevated plus-maze test. Neurosci. Lett. 2015;599 :81-5. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2015.05.045. PubMed PMID:26007702 .
  • Telonis, AG, Kirino, Y, Rigoutsos, I. Mitochondrial tRNA-lookalikes in nuclear chromosomes: could they be functional?. RNA Biol. 2015;12 (4):375-80. doi: 10.1080/15476286.2015.1017239. PubMed PMID:25849196 PubMed Central PMC4615777.
  • Honda, S, Shigematsu, M, Morichika, K, Telonis, AG, Kirino, Y. Four-leaf clover qRT-PCR: A convenient method for selective quantification of mature tRNA. RNA Biol. 2015;12 (5):501-8. doi: 10.1080/15476286.2015.1031951. PubMed PMID:25833336 PubMed Central PMC4615770.
  • Londin, E, Loher, P, Telonis, AG, Quann, K, Clark, P, Jing, Y, Hatzimichael, E, Kirino, Y, Honda, S, Lally, M, Ramratnam, B, Comstock, CE, Knudsen, KE, Gomella, L, Spaeth, GL, Hark, L, Katz, LJ, Witkiewicz, A, Rostami, A, Jimenez, SA, Hollingsworth, MA, Yeh, JJ, Shaw, CA, McKenzie, SE, Bray, P, Nelson, PT, Zupo, S, Van Roosbroeck, K, Keating, MJ, Calin, GA, Yeo, C, Jimbo, M, Cozzitorto, J, Brody, JR, Delgrosso, K, Mattick, JS, Fortina, P, Rigoutsos, I. Analysis of 13 cell types reveals evidence for the expression of numerous novel primate- and tissue-specific microRNAs. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2015;112 (10):E1106-15. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1420955112. PubMed PMID:25713380 PubMed Central PMC4364231.


  • Telonis, AG, Loher, P, Kirino, Y, Rigoutsos, I. Nuclear and mitochondrial tRNA-lookalikes in the human genome. Front Genet. 2014;5 :344. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00344. PubMed PMID:25339973 PubMed Central PMC4189335.
  • Gkourogianni, A, Kosteria, I, Telonis, AG, Margeli, A, Mantzou, E, Konsta, M, Loutradis, D, Mastorakos, G, Papassotiriou, I, Klapa, MI, Kanaka-Gantenbein, C, Chrousos, GP. Plasma metabolomic profiling suggests early indications for predisposition to latent insulin resistance in children conceived by ICSI. PLoS ONE. 2014;9 (4):e94001. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094001. PubMed PMID:24728198 PubMed Central PMC3984097.

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