Ramin Zargham

Assistant Professor

Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine

Staff Pathologist

Alberta Public Laboratories


Shahid Beheshti University, Iran, 1995


McGill University, Canada, 2007

Contact information


Office location : 3535 Research Road NW422

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Vascular Biology
  • Integrin cell adhesion receptors


Dr. Zargham earned his medical degree at Shahid Beheshti Medical School in Iran. He completed pathology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he received an annual achievement award from the Anatomical Pathology Division. He was also nominated in Pathology Research the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) and The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Following his residency, Dr. Zargham completed fellowships in Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology. 

He completed a PhD in Cell Biology at McGill University. He was honoured by a nomination for McGill's best dissertation award by the experimental medicine division. Dr. Zargham completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Virginia and University of California, San Diego. He also completed several months of research in the field of In-vivo Microscopy at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Zargham received two prestigious awards from the American Heart Association and published several papers including two invited and single-authored review papers in the field of vascular restenosis and integrins. Dr. Zargham has reviewed several manuscripts in the field of vascular biology for American and European Journals including the Journal of Atherosclerosis as a recognized reviewer. Currently, his main research focus is to investigate the role of Alpha8 integrin in vascular occlusive disorders. He is specifically interested in the dichotomy between proliferation and migration of smooth muscle cells.


Pubmed Link

- Halterman JA, Kwon HM, Zargham R, Schoppee Bortz PD, Wamhoff BR. Nuclear Factor of Activated T Cells 5 Regulates Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Phenotypic Modulation. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2011; 31(10):2287-96.

-Zargham R. Tensegrin in context; Dual role of α8 integrin in the migration of different cell types. Journal of Cell adhesion & Migration, 2010; 4 (4): 1-6

-Per Fogelstrand, Chloé Féral, Ramin Zargham, Mark H. Ginsberg. Dependence of Activated Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells on CD98 heavy chain (4F2hc, SLC3A2). Journal of Experimental Medicine, 2009; 206 (11): 2397-2406.

-Zargham R. Preventing Restenosis After Angioplasty: A Multistage Approach. Clinical Science (London), 2008;114(4):257-64 (an Invited review).

-Zargham R., Touyz R., Thibault G. Alpha8 Integrin Overexpression in De-differentiated Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells Attenuates Migratory Activity and Restores the Characteristics of the Differentiated Phenotype. Atherosclerosis, 2007; 195(2):303-12.

-Zargham R et al. Conditions associated with the need for additional needle passes in ultrasound‐guided thyroid fine‐needle aspiration with rapid on‐site pathology evaluation. Diagn Cytopathol. 2020 Sep 1.In press.



  • Achievement award, Annual celebration of Anatomical pathology division, Mayo clinic, Rochester, MN 2017
  • Finalist for award competition, Stowell-Orbison award, USCAP, Texas 2017
  • Finalist for ASCP annual meeting, practical education, Las Vegas 2016
  • Best PhD dissertation, Experimental medicine division, McGill University 2007
  • Irvine Page Young Investigator Award, Finalist. Organized by American Heart Association, ATVB. As written in their website: The award recognizes investigators in the formative years of their faculty careers who have the potential to become future thought-leaders in cardiovascular research 2006
  • New Investigator Award, for the merit of scientific work, organized by American Heart Association. 2005