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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Robert Jankov, MB, BS, PhD, FRACP

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Physician - Clinician Scientist

Research Institute
Senior Scientist
Translational Medicine

Chair, Clinician-Scientist Training Program
Research Training Centre

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Department of Paediatrics & Physiology

Other Positions
Member - Richard Lewar/Heart and Stroke Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research

Phone: 416-813-6773
Fax: 416-813-5002
Email: robert.jankov@sickkids.ca
Alternate Fax: 416-813-5245

Brief Biography

Robert Jankov obtained his MB, BS at the University of Melbourne, Australia and completed his residency training in paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital, also in Melbourne. He subsequently completed a Clinical Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Toronto from1996 to 1999, which was followed by a PhD from 2001 to 2004 in the Department of Physiology, University of Toronto. Jankov's research interests include the cellular and molecular mechanisms of vascular remodeling, right-ventricular dysfunction and nitric oxide unresponsiveness in pulmonary hypertension during early life. The overall goal of his research is to help develop new therapies, which might allow for improvements in quality of life and survival. Specific mechanisms under study in both the lung and heart include the roles of inflammatory cells, free radicals, NO metabolites and growth factors, using both in vitro and in vivo models. Promising therapies currently under evaluation include targeted antioxidants, Rho-kinase inhibitors, sustained hypercapnia and inhibitors of smooth muscle growth factor signaling.  

Research Interests

  • Pathobiology of Neonatal Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Free Radicals and Nitric Oxide in Pulmonary Vascular and Cardiac Injury
  • Pulmonary Inflammation
  • Vascular Smooth Muscle Biology


See current publications list at PubMed