Zia A. Khan


Associate Professor

MSc Northeastern University
PhD University of Western Ontario

Office: Dental Sciences Building, Room 4011
Phone: (519) 661-2111 Ext. 81562
Fax: (519) 661-3370
E-mail: zia.khan@schulich.uwo.ca
Visit: The Khan Lab Website

Research Activities

Keywords: vascular stem cells, vasculogenesis, angiogenesis, endothelial cells, perivascular cells, diabetes, cancer, extracellular matrix

Description of Research Activities: Our research focuses on the mechanisms of vascular stem cell (VSC) differentiation and postnatal blood vessel formation in physiological and pathological conditions. We are studying chronic diabetes and infantile hemangioma as model systems to understand the mechanisms of VSC differentiation, proliferation, and regression. These model systems represent extremes in a continuum of VSC activity ranging from impaired (chronic diabetes) to unregulated (hemangioma) vasculogenesis. Elucidating the signals that regulate the VSC number, the differentiation of these stem cells into functionally-mature vascular cells, and the regression will allow us to develop better treatment options for pro- and anti-angiogenic therapies.