Dr. Kang Ko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine. He earned his B.S. degree in Physiology and Neuroscience in 2009 and an M.S. degree in Neurobiology in 2011 from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his D.M.D degree in 2015 and a combined certificate in Periodontics/D.Sc.D degree in 2020 from Penn Dental Medicine. He is an active member of the International Association of Dental Research, the American Academy of Periodontology, and the American Dental Association. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research, including the Ricardo Teles Research Award in 2020. Dr. Ko currently leads a NIH-funded research program that investigates fibroblast heterogeneity and its impact on immunity in the oral cavity and skin.