Benjamin Ko
Section of Nephrology
Assistant Professor of Medicine
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BS1997University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChemical Engineering
MD2001University of Illinois at ChicagoMedicine
Residency2004Yale-New Haven HospitalInternal Medicine
Fellowship2007The University of Chicago Medical CenterNephrology

Academic Interests

Dr. Ko studies the regulation of the sodium chloride co-transporter (NCC), located in the distal convoluted tubule of the kidney. His particular interest is in understanding the functional changes which underlie alterations in NCC activity. Currently, his focus is on determining the mechanisms by which NCC is trafficked to and from the cell membrane. Dr. Ko is also interested in characterizing the effects of various endocrine and paracrine hormones on NCC function. The techniques used by Dr. Ko’s lab include immunohistochemistry, radiotracer uptake assays, biotinylation, site-directed mutagenesis, and real-time PCR.

Clinical Interests

General nephrology and hypertension

Representative Publications

  1. Ko, B., A. Khurana, et al. (2007). "Religious beliefs and quality of life in an American inner-city haemodialysis population." Nephrol Dial Transplant 27: 27.

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