Dr. Khan is the Scientific Director of the Clark Atlanta University Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD), a University Center of Excellence that focuses on research in prostate cancer and is an Eminent Scholar in Cancer Cell Biology, an endowed chair funded by the Georgia Research Alliance. He is also Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and serves as PI/Program Director of the NIH/NIMHD Center of Excellence for Prostate Cancer Research, Education and Community Services and the NIH/NIMHD/RCMI programs at Clark Atlanta University.
Dr. Khan earned his Master’s degree in Biological Sciences in 1976 from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan, and his Doctorate in Reproductive Endocrinology in 1985 from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University, where he also served as the Director of Basic Research of the Southwest Cancer Center. Prior to this, he was affiliated with the University of Muenster in Germany, the University of Toronto and the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Khan has provided services to the World Health Organization (WHO) through numerous collaborations with researchers from London, Stockholm, and Muenster.
His research focus is on understanding the role of growth factors and cytokines in the regulation of prostate cancer and the regulation of AR function in androgen-independent prostate cancer cells. During his tenure as a scientist and Director of CCRTD, he has mentored 6 junior faculty members, 15 postdoctoral scientists, 21 doctoral graduate students, 29 undergraduate students and 3 medical students. Along with his administrative and research activities, Dr. Khan continues to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in biomedical sciences. Although admired and respected for his research contributions, he particularly enjoys teaching and advising undergraduates and feels that proper mentoring at this level is critical to students’ success as future scientists. His career includes more than 30 years of experience in areas of reproductive endocrinology and cancer research. As a researcher, he has published over 80 journal articles and several book chapters and has 2 patents.