Asma Khan recognized as a 2020 IADR Distinguished Scientist
July 8, 2020
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) has awarded Asma A. Khan, BDS, PhD, FICD, the 2020 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology Research.
Dr. Khan, an associate professor in the department of endodontics, studies extracellular vesicles and the evaluation of safe and effective analgesic regimens.
“I am humbled and excited to have received this award,” she says. “I have a unique advantage in that I work with some outstanding scientists, namely Drs. Armen Akopian, Anibal Diogenes, Vanessa Chrepa, and Shivani and Nikita Ruparel, and of course Dr. Ken Hargreaves. We all believe firmly in the concept of team science and support each other in our research.”
The award recognizes the contributions Dr. Khan has made to the understanding of the mechanisms, efficacy, and safety of drugs used to treat dental disease and associated symptoms, such as pain and perio-operative apprehension.
Dr. Khan credits Raymond Dionne, DDS, PhD, her mentor as a PhD student, and Ken Hargreaves, DDS, PhD, whose lab she was a postdoctoral fellow in, for their influence on her career as a young scientist. She says, “From them I learned the process of scientific inquiry. They are both excellent mentors and educators and I am very grateful to have them as my role models.”