Chien-Ping Ko

Chien-Ping Ko

Dr. Chien-Ping Ko is a Professor of Neurobiology at University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Dr. Ko received his B.S. from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Ko completed his postdoctoral training at University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, and at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, in Bethesda. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurocytology and Neuron Glia Biology and edited a special issue on the Neuromuscular Junction (NMJ) for the Journal of Neurocytology in 2003. Dr. Ko received an NIH Research Career Development Award and grants including past/current supports from NIH, NSF, Muscular Dystrophy Association, the ALS Association, Cure SMA, the Dhont Family Foundation, and the SMA Foundation. Dr. Ko is interested in the NMJ as a model synapse to better understand synaptic structure, function, formation, repair, and maintenance, as well as synapse-glia interactions. His current research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the pathogenesis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), particularly the possible contribution of motor circuit defects to the pathogenesis of SMA, as well as the role of different cell types in SMA disease mechanisms and potential therapy. In addition, his lab pursues translational research by testing molecules that could potentially be used to treat SMA. Dr. Ko collaborates with many SMA researchers, both in academia and industry, with the hope to develop a novel concept of SMA disease mechanisms and potential therapy for this devastating disease.

Affiliations and Expertise

Neurobiology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, USA