Zia Khan will be joining as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, UMIACS, and the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) in December of 2013. Zia has a Ph. D. from Princeton University's Department of Computer Science where he was a student in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Zia also holds a dual B.S. degree in computer science and biology from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Chicago's Department of Human Genetics.
Zia's research focuses on quantitative and computational methods in biology. His work emphasizes applied algorithms development for data-intensive technologies in the biological sciences including protein mass spectrometry and quantitative microscopy. Zia's scientific interests have focused on questions relating to genetic variation and its impact on trait variation both within and between species. He has also recently become interested in developing computational methods to help unravel the principles that underlie morphogenesis.
Zia is a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Human Genome Research Institute.