Zia Khan

Assistant Professor
3113 Biomolecular Sciences Building
(301) 405-73954
Ph.D., Princeton University (Computer Science)

Zia Khan is an assistant professor of computer science with joint appointments in UMIACS and the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB).

Khan’s research focuses on computational biology and bioinformatics. He works to develop computational methods and algorithms for biological data analysis. Khan also collaborates with wet lab biologists and works with method development.

Khan received his doctorate in computer science from Princeton University in 2011. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Khan was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Chicago’s Department of Human Genetics.




Khan Z, Ford MJ, Cusanovich DA, Mitrano A, Pritchard JK, Gilad Y.  2013.  Primate Transcript and Protein Expression Levels Evolve Under Compensatory Selection Pressures. Science. 342(6162):1100-1104.


Khan Z, Bloom JS, Amini S, Singh M, Perlman DH, Caudy AA, Kruglyak L.  2012.  Quantitative measurement of allele‐specific protein expression in a diploid yeast hybrid by LC‐MS. Molecular Systems Biology. 8(1)

Lee SHee, Kalejta RF, Kerry J, Semmes OJohn, O’Connor CM, Khan Z, Garcia BA, Shenk T, Murphy E.  2012.  BclAF1 restriction factor is neutralized by proteasomal degradation and microRNA repression during human cytomegalovirus infection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109(24):9575-9580.

Nelson KS, Khan Z, Molnár I, Mihály J, Kaschube M, Beitel GJ.  2012.  Drosophila Src regulates anisotropic apical surface growth to control epithelial tube size. Nature Cell Biology. 14(5):518-525.

Blanco MAndres, LeRoy G, Khan Z, Alečković M, Zee BM, Garcia BA, Kang Y.  2012.  Global secretome analysis identifies novel mediators of bone metastasis. Cell Research. 22(9):1339-1355.


Korpal M, Ell BJ, Buffa FM, Ibrahim T, Blanco MA, Celià-Terrassa T, Mercatali L, Khan Z, Goodarzi H, Hua Y et al..  2011.  Direct targeting of Sec23a by miR-200s influences cancer cell secretome and promotes metastatic colonization. Nature Medicine. 17(9):1101-1108.

Kanodia JS, Kim Y, Tomer R, Khan Z, Chung K, Storey JD, Lu H, Keller PJ, Shvartsman SY.  2011.  A computational statistics approach for estimating the spatial range of morphogen gradients. Development. 138(22):4867-4874.

Khan Z, Amini S, Bloom JS, Ruse C, Caudy AA, Kruglyak L, Singh M, Perlman DH, Tavazoie S.  2011.  Accurate proteome-wide protein quantification from high-resolution 15N mass spectra. Genome Biology. 12(12)


Khan Z, Bloom JS, Garcia BA, Singh M, Kruglyak L.  2009.  Protein quantification across hundreds of experimental conditions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106(37):15544-15548.


Balch T, Dellaert F., Feldman A., Guillory A., Isbell C.L., Khan Z, Pratt S.C., Stein A.N., Wilde H..  2006.  How Multirobot Systems Research will Accelerate our Understanding of Social Animal Behavior. Proceedings of the IEEE. 94(7):1445-1463.

Khan Z, Balch T, Dellaert F..  2006.  MCMC Data Association and Sparse Factorization Updating for Real Time Multitarget Tracking with Merged and Multiple Measurements. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. 28(12):1960-1972.


Egerstedt M., Balch T, Dellaert F., Delmotte F., Khan Z.  2005.  What Are the Ants Doing? Vision-Based Tracking and Reconstruction of Control Programs Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2005. ICRA 2005.

Khan Z, Balch T, Dellaert F..  2005.  MCMC-based particle filtering for tracking a variable number of interacting targets. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. 27(11):1805-1819.

Khan Z, Balch T, Dellaert F..  2005.  Multitarget tracking with split and merged measurements. IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2005. CVPR 2005. 1:605-610vol.1.


Khan Z, Balch T, Dellaert F..  2004.  A Rao-Blackwellized particle filter for EigenTracking. Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2004. CVPR 2004. 2:II-980-II-986Vol.2.

Khan Z, Balch T, Dellaert F.  2004.  An MCMC-Based Particle Filter for Tracking Multiple Interacting Targets. Computer Vision - ECCV 2004.


Khan Z, Balch T, Dellaert F..  2003.  Efficient particle filter-based tracking of multiple interacting targets using an MRF-based motion model. 2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2003. (IROS 2003). Proceedings. 1:254-259vol.1.


Balch T, Khan Z, Veloso M.  2001.  Automatically Tracking and Analyzing the Behavior of Live Insect Colonies. AGENTS '01 Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Autonomous Agents .