Every year, nearly one million people die from heart disease in North America. Meanwhile, heart disease treatment, such as heart surgery or valve prosthesis, can lead to long-term complications or death.
Owais Khan's research in cardiovascular biomechanics aims to improve those health outcomes. Using anatomy models, computational simulations and medical imaging, Khan's developing methods to better diagnose heart disease and design treatment strategies based on engineering principles. "Heart failure is a serious issue in Canada and around the world", says Khan. "I want to personalize heart surgeries for patients in a way that achieves better outcomes" says Khan.
While taking a fluid mechanics course during his bachelor's in mechanical engineering, Khan realized how engineering can play an integral role in cardiovascular medicine, which inspired him to make the switch to biomedical engineering. As an engineer, he realized he could bring a unique perspective and work alongside doctors, surgeons and clinicians to make a lasting impact. "In Biomedical Engineering, I can do something that's never been done before and make an impact in someone's life", says Khan. "That's what really drives me."
Professor Khan's research areas include Cardiovascular Biomechanics, Computational fluid dynamics, and Medical imaging.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship
Baxter Young Investigator Award
MITACS Globalink Research Award