Assistant Professor Hemant Khanna
Assistant Professor Khanna received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Delhi (India) and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. Before joining UMMS, he was a Research Investigator and an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. His research centers on understanding the development and function of neuronal cilia. In particular, he explores the molecular and cell biological basis of neurodegenerative eye diseases, with special focus on those diseases caused by defects of ciliary function in the photoreceptors (the light-sensing neurons of the retina). These diseases include RP (retinitis pigmentosa) and LCA (Leber congenital amaurosis). His research studies have identified three key ciliary proteins that modulate ciliary transport—RPGR (retinitis pigmentosa GTPase regulator), RP2 (retinitis pigmentosa 2), and CEP290 (cenetrosomal protein of 290 kDa)—and his lab team continues to study the functions and effects of these proteins related to human retinal degenerative diseases.