ilknur telkes

Ilknur Telkes, Ph.D., M.S.

Academic Appointments and Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Science
Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (secondary)
Faculty Member, FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute (SNBI)
Faculty Member, Center for Sensing, Monitoring, Analytics, Remote, and Technology (SMART) Health

Education and Training

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering – University of Houston, Houston, TX, 2017
M.S. Medical Informatics – Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2012
B.S. Biology – Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2010


Dr. Telkes is an engineer-scientist with more than 10 years of experience in electrophysiological data recordings, neural engineering, biomedical signal processing techniques, and neural interfacing. Her research interests involve the study of dynamics of local field potentials in movement disorders and neuropsychiatric disorders, neuromarker discovery, and cultivating algorithms for improving clinical neuromodulation therapies. For her work in chronic pain, Dr. Telkes received prestigious NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award in 2020. Her current research focuses on developing quantified, neural signatures of pain relief in patients with spinal cord stimulation implants and more personalized neuromodulation therapies.

She is an active member of the NANS, currently serving on the Education and Research Committees. She serves on the Editorial Board of Neuromodulatory Interventions (Specialty section of Frontiers in Pain Research). Previously, she served as the co-director of the Neuromodulation Journal Club in 2020-2022. She has been supported by federal and national funding (including K99/R00, U44, CBET and METU Scientific Research mechanisms). She is also the recipient of several national awards, including the NANS Krishna Kumar Young Investigator Award (2023) and CNS Ronald R. Tasker Young Investigator Award (2021). She is a member of NANS/INS, EMBS/IEEE, IASP.