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Dr Ilyas Khan

Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602588

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Admin office CNH - 010
Ground Floor
Institute of Life Science 2
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Dr Khan’s research group are working to make a concrete difference for people who suffer from diseases of the joints such as osteoarthritis. Their work ranges in scope from understanding the role of stem cells in the development and diseases of articular cartilage and other cartilaginous tissues found in the nose, ear and trachea, to tissue engineering of replacement cartilage for the repair and regeneration of cartilage defects. Many of these studies are carried out by a fine group of undergraduates, postgraduate Masters and PhD students and medical student researchers.

Students joining the lab have opportunities to visit and work not only in the world class facilities in the Centre of Nanohealth, but also with our collaborators in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

One of the most important aspects of work is to translate our world-leading advances and breakthroughs into the clinic and to do this we are actively working with our colleagues in the NHS to accelerate this process.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Cartilage biology
  • Stem & progenitor cells
  • Tissue engineering
  • Tissue maturation
  • Extracellular matrix

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Dr Khan teaches (with Dr Wendy Francis) a module in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering to biological sciences undergraduates. A more advanced course in Regenerative Medicine is taught to students enrolled on the Nanomedicine Masters level course. 

Collaborations

Dr Caroline Bissardon, PhD student co-supervised by Dr Ilyas Khan and Prof Laurent Charlet and Dr Sylvain Bohic (Grenoble-Alpes University) gained her PhD based on her studies on the role of selenium in cartilage development. Her work has illuminated how Kashin-Beck Disease affects joints. In recognition of her outstanding achievements Caroline was awarded a prestigious L’Oreal Fellowship.

The Khan group has extensive collaborations in the UK, Europe and worldwide. We have hosted students from Grenoble Alpes University, Bristol University, Birmingham University, Imperial College, Cambridge University and Leeds University. Many students come to learn new techniques such as stem cell isolation.
The group currently works with orthopaedic surgeons from numerous departments in the UK including Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmngham, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.