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Shahzad Khan, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member with research interests in the molecular basis of neurodegeneration, aging, and signal transduction.

Assistant Professor, Cell Biology & Physiology
UNC Neuroscience Center
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Cell Biology

Area of Interest

Maintaining health and reducing disease-risk requires the brain to properly transduce signals across specialized regions and cell types. My lab utilizes mouse models, neural cultures, human brain samples, single-cell transcriptomics, proteomics, and microscopy to probe the molecular mechanisms that underlie cancer, aging and neurodegeneration. We presently aim to identify therapeutic targets for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Our work may also inform our general understanding of primary cilia function and have relevance to cancer biology.

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Awards and Honors

  • MINDS Fellow, NINDS, National Institute of Health, 2024
  • Jumpstart Award, Stanford University, 2022-2023
  • Rising Star Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022
  • JEDI Champion, Stanford University, 2021
  • Neuroscience Scholars Program, Society for Neuroscience, 2019-2021
  • BRAINS Fellow, University of Washington at Seattle, 2019
  • Stanford PRISM Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, 2017
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, 2016-2017
Headshot of Shahzad Khan.
  • Address

    Neurosciences Research Building, Rm-6109D

    115 Mason Farm Road

    CB #7545

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599