Chief, Kidney Diseases Branch
Section Chief, Kidney Diseases Section
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Dr. Jeffrey Kopp is Chief of the Kidney Diseases Branch, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Bethesda, Maryland.
He was educated at Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and he received training in internal medicine and nephrology at the University of Washington. His research interest lies in the pathogenesis and treatment of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. His genetic studies contributed to the identification of APOL1 as a major susceptibility gene for kidney disease in African Americans. He has published over 200 medical papers. He holds a commission in the United States Public Health Service, with the rank of Captain, and participates in medical response to natural disasters.
Gbadegesin RA, Hall G, Adeyemo A, Hanke N, Tossidou I, Burchette J, Wu G, Homstad A, Sparks MA, Gomez J, Jiang R, Alonso A, Lavin P, Conlon P, Korstanje R, Stander MC, Shamsan G, Barua M, Spurney R, Singhal PC, Kopp JB, Haller H, Howell D, Pollak MR, Shaw AS, Schiffer M, Winn MP. Mutations in the gene that encodes the F-actin binding protein anillin cause FSGS. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014;25(9):1991-2002.
Wang W, Qiu L, Howard A, Solis N, Li C, Wang X, Kopp JB, Levi M. Protective effects of aliskiren and valsartan in mice with diabetic nephropathy. J Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone Syst. 2014;15(4):384-95.
Fornoni A, Merscher S, Kopp JB. Lipid biology of the podocyte–new perspectives offer new opportunities. Nat Rev Nephrol. 2014;10(7):379-88.
Starke C, Betz H, Hickmann L, Lachmann P, Neubauer B, Kopp JB, Sequeira-Lopez ML, Gomez RA, Hohenstein B, Todorov VT, Hugo CP. Renin lineage cells repopulate the glomerular mesangium after injury. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015;26(1):48-54.
Thomson R, Genovese G, Canon C, Kovacsics D, Higgins MK, Carrington M, Winkler CA, Kopp J, Rotimi C, Adeyemo A, Doumatey A, Ayodo G, Alper SL, Pollak MR, Friedman DJ, Raper J. Evolution of the primate trypanolytic factor APOL1. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014;111(20):E2130-9.