Ko Receives Prestigious Whitehead Scholarship

January 7, 2013

Durham, NC —Dennis Ko, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has received a three-year Whitehead Scholarship from the Duke School of Medicine. This highly prestigious award will provide stipend support for Ko while working on his current research.

Ko joined the faculty of Duke Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Medicine, and the Center for Human Genome Variation in 2012. His laboratory will continue applying the Hi-HOST approach to host-pathogen traits for Salmonellae, Yersinia, and other cellular phenotypes of infection and inflammation. The long-term goal of the research is to fully understand the human genetic variation for traits important for bacterial pathogenesis and how they impact human disease.

The Whitehead family established this fund at Duke to recognize and support the best new assistant professors in the School of Medicine.

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