Benjamin Ko
Section of Nephrology
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730


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 molecular mechanisms of hypertension. His work focuses on the sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) in the distal convoluted tubule of the kidney, exploring the cellular events that lead to changes in NCC function. Current projects include examining the effects of hormones on NCC function as well as the role of ubiquitin in NCC regulation. This work is conducted primarily in a cell model system using techniques such as immunoblotting, immunohistochemistry, PCR, radiotracer uptake, and mass spectroscopy.

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.
  2. Sprague SM, Josephson MA. Bone disease after kidney transplantation Seminars in Nephrology 24:82-90, 2004.
  3. McKay D, Josephson MA: Reproduction and transplantation: Report on the AST consensus conference on reproductive issues in transplantation. American Journal of Transplantation 5: 1592-1599, 2005
  4. Josephson MA, Gillen D, Javaid B, Kadambi PV, Meehan S,Foster P,Harland R,Thistlethwaite JR, Garfinkel M, Atwood W, Jordan J, Sadhu A, Millis JM, Williams JW: Treatment of renal allograft polyoma BK virus infection with leflunomide. Transplantation 81: 704-10, 2006
  5. Josephson MA, Williams JW, Chandraker A, Randhawa PS. Clinical Observations Using Anti-Viral Strategies to Treat BK Viruruia and Nephropathy. Transplant Infectious Diseases 8: 95-101, 2006

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