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Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

The Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Developing Biotechnology & Bioinformatics professionals
to lead the innovative future!The Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

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    Research and Business Cooperation Building No.301

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Biotechnology & Bioinformatics provides the tools and information that make human life comfortable based on the 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 current problems related to environment, disease, energy and food. In Korea where there is a small amount of natural resources, development of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics is of great national interest. The government announced the Biotech Plan 2000 for Bioengineering Development, meaning that interest in this area has never been higher.

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. Being 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 a government-run project in 1996. It was selected for the BK21 Project in 1999 by the Ministry of Education, followed by national funding for many years. Since 2013, it has been involved in the "Contagious Disease Response Team" under the BK 21 PLUS Project and received continuous funding. This enables the members to concentrate on research along with supporting equipment and human resources, while also leading their respective academic areas.

Required Student Skills and Qualities

1. Analytic thinking
Talented individuals who have the ability to determine what kind of technologies are needed and what kind of problems are demanded in the field of biotechnology through the use of rational approaches and systemic information and theory, and are capable of acquiring and analyzing expert knowledge and advanced theory in life sciences that is the basis of the field of bio health.

2. Convergent thinking
Talented individuals who can lead convergence between various fields of engineering with their overall ability in basic and applied biotechnology, and have the capability to converge various technologies for the development of practical technology that will be used in the field of bio health.

3. Creative thinking
Talented individuals who enjoy challenges and have an excellent outlook on developing new technology and creating intellectual property based on their expert knowledge of biotechnology, and have the ability to ascertain the trend of advanced technology in the field of bio health and create new biotech that will lead the future.

Education objective

- Training leaders in industry/research that can lead bio health industry through future-oriented/creative education

- Cultivating ability to utilize research ability and utilization ability in the industrial field by learning the basic and intensive major-related knowledge and advanced theories demanded in bio health industry

- Fostering value-creating human resources in new drug development, neoplastic material development, diagnosis and prevention of disease, and understanding and treatment of disease based on immunologic technique


Name Position Phone Number Email Field of Research Career
Hwang SeYoung Professor 041-860-1412 shwang@korea.ac.kr Biochemistry MS & Ph.D. University of Tokyo (Microbial physiology)
Kim HyongBai Professor 041-860-1413 hyong@korea.ac.kr Molecular Biology Ph.D. The University of Tennessee (genetic engineering)
Paek SeHwan Professor 044-860-1414 shpaek@korea.ac.kr Bioengineering, In vitro diagnostics, Biosensors & Biochips Ph.D. in Bioengineering, The University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Lee HeungShick Professor 044-860-1415 hlee@korea.ac.kr Microbial engineering Ph.D. in Microbiology University of California, Davis (Microbiology)
Kim KyungHyun Professor 02-3290-3444 khkim@korea.ac.kr Biophysics,  Structural biology Ph.D. Iowa State University (Biophysics)
Cho EunSung Professor 044-860-1417 artcho@korea.ac.kr Bioinformatics, Computational biology Ph.D. Brown University (physics)
Ha UnHwan Professor 044-860-1418 haunhwan@korea.ac.kr Infection/Immunity, Anti-bacterial and viral infection Ph.D. University of Florida (microbiology/immunology)
Pack Seungpil Professor 044-860-1419 spack@korea.ac.kr nano-artificial biotechnology, Biomimetic engineering Ph.D. Seoul national university, Department of Chemical Engineering (chemical and biological engineering)
Jun HyunSik Assistant
044-860-1411 toddjun@korea.ac.kr Immunology/metabolomics Ph.D in University of Guelph (Animal and Poultry Science/Molecular Cellular Biology)
Lee HyeRa Assistant
044-860-1831 leehr@korea.ac.kr Virology/oncology Ph.D. in Korea University, Life Sciences and Biotechnology (Molecular Biology)

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