Natalia Teleshova is an immunologist at the Population Council's Center for Biomedical Research. Her laboratory analyzes the biological events that facilitate HIV infection across mucosal surfaces and the influence of other STIs and the hormonal environment at the time of HIV exposure on these events. Through ex vivo testing, she investigates virus–host interactions and immune responses to HIV infection with the goal of testing strategies to prevent infection. Her laboratory also conducts preclinical testing of leading microbicide strategies in mucosal explants.
Teleshova conducted postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University and the Population Council and received additional postdoctoral training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. Her postdoctoral research focused on the biology of HIV infection and its prevention through microbicides and vaccines.
Teleshova earned her MD from Pavlov State Medical University in St. Petersburg, Russia, and her PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.