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Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

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Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Developing Biotechnology & Bioinformatics professionals to lead the innovative futureDepartment of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

  • location
    Science and Technology Building No.615B

  • telephone
    044-860-1410

  • FAX
    044-860-1598

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Introduction to Department

1. Educational Goal of Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics is one of the advanced sciences to lead the next-generation sciences and technologies. This department aims to identify the principles of life phenomena and develop human resources specializing in basic and applied areas applicable to human life. At the bottom of it, the aim is to develop human resources to lead the society based on scientific exploration, creativeness and respect for human dignity.

2. Specific Goals of Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

A. Development of professional researchers and industrial workforce to lead technology-intensive biotechnology based on future-oriented and creative education;

B. Cultivating the ability to apply research skills by acquiring professional knowledge and theories in molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, cell engineering, biology structure, protein engineering, genomics, biochemical engineering, synthetic bio-engineering, bio-reaction and process engineering, computational biology, immunology and biophysics.

C. Leading roles to promote research in the advanced bio-engineering areas such as development of new drugs, new bio-materials, disease diagnosis and prevention, disease understanding and treatment through genetic techniques, etc.;

3. Academic Characteristics and Prospects of Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics provides the tools and information that makes human life comfortable based on understanding of life phenomena. Biotechnology & Bioinformatics is an advanced science that follows electronic engineering of the current century. It is valued as an innovative academic area to solve the current problems such as environment, disease, energy and food. In Korea where there is a small amount of natural resources, development of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics is a great national interest. The government announced the Biotech Plan 2000 for Bioengineering Development, meaning that there has been no higher interest in this area before.

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics is a representative interdisciplinary area covering application and engineering based on basic studies of microbiology, biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, molecular biology and computational biology. Future-oriented, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics will contribute greatly to the future human race in the areas of environment, agriculture, health and energy.

The graduate course was designated as the government-run project in 1996. It was selected for BK21 Project in 1999 by the Ministry of Education, followed by concentrated national funding for many years. Since 2013, it has worked as "Contagious Disease Response Team" under BK 21 PLUS Project and received funding continuously. This enables the members to concentrate on research along with aided equipment and human resources, leading similar academic areas sincerely.

Tips on Department

  1. 01What aptitudes are appropriate to enter the department?
    Biotechnology & Bioinformatics is a study to derive results through continued and delicate experiment and research, requiring utmost patience and observation as the primary condition. Also, it requires comprehensive judgments and new researches to secure important results out of concentrated works, meaning that people of comprehensive ways of thinking can produce the best results.
  2. 02What are the characteristics of this department?
    Biotechnology & Bioinformatics is an advanced science that follows electronic engineering of the current century. It is valued as an innovative academic area to solve the current problems such as environment, disease, energy and food. It directly produces live bodies and the functions or applies simulations to make materials. Hence, it is a representative interdisciplinary area introducing the concepts of application and engineering based on basic academic areas.
    The graduate course was designated as the government-run project in 1996. It was selected for BK21 Project in 1999 by the Ministry of Education, followed by concentrated national funding for many years. Since 2013, it has worked as "Contagious Disease Response Team" under BK 21 PLUS Project and received funding continuously. This enables the members to concentrate on research along with aided equipment and human resources, leading similar academic areas sincerely.
  3. 03What will we study in this department?
    Biotechnology & Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary study sharing theories and their application and requires new paradigms. Especially, students of lower grades shall study required liberal arts subjects as well as basic major subjects including microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, bioinformation and biophysics while those of higher grades shall learn about techniques to use living bodies such as microorganism (microorganism engineering, biochemical engineering), genetically engineered microorganism and animal (protein engineering, genetics, and synthetic bio-engineering) and cell application (cell engineering, fermentation technology and process engineering). In addition, they will learn about body imitation techniques such as system (bioreactor) and material (artificial enzyme, functional molecule).
  4. 04Are their extracurricular activities?
    The department provides opportunities to secure onsite experiences by visiting related companies or related research agencies and through internship programs. Inviting lecturers, it delivers the newest research and industrial trends to students.
  5. 05What are the career paths after graduation?
    Graduates may enter the areas of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, research or academia. They can work for industrial, educational or national research purposes. Especially, they may approach hospitals related to basic medicine, governments, public institutions or pharmaceutical companies.