New Physician-Scientist Joins Diabetes Center Faculty
We are proud to announce that Greg Ku, MD, PhD will join both our research and clinical care teams as Assistant Professor in the Diabetes Center and as a member of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Ku is a well respected physician and a gifted scientist who received his bachelor degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University and then joined the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program to complete his PhD. He completed his MD and internal medicine residency at UCSF and his endocrinology fellowship in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Most recently, Dr. Ku conducted his postdoctoral training with Michael McManus’ lab focused on identifying new regulators of beta cell function.
Dr. Ku chose to focus on diabetes when he started working with individuals with diabetes as a medical student. One of his first rotations involved a young boy newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He remembers thinking how his life had just changed and now included daily injections and fingersticks for the foreseeable future. This experience helped to influence Dr. Ku's future career path.
Not only will Dr. Ku be treating patients in both the clinic and the hospital, he will be building his research lab and hiring research staff. His research goal is to uncover the genes important for adult beta cell function and find those that might be targets for diabetes therapies.