Research Areas


This field studies the mechanism underlying human diseases by investigating the network of gene regulation using the big data analysis of genomes.

생명정보학의 교수, 연구 정보
Dougu Nam Disease gene discovery, transcriptome/genome data analysis

Cancer Biology

These labs seek to identify the mechanisms inherent at the molecular and cellular level integral to the processes of tumor formation, cancer penetration and its metastasis, as well as conduct research for clinical applications, such as cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

암생물학의 교수, 연구 정보
Young Chan Chae Molecular mechanism of cancer progression, Drug target discovery
Byoung Heon Kang Mechanism of tumorigenesis/First-in-class drug development
Sebyung Kang Protein nanobiotechnology-based cancer diagnosis and therapy
Eunhee Kim Understanding and targeting cancer


Developmental biology is one area of life sciences to study the growing process from embryo to tissues and organs. In addition, developmental biology includes the research on stem cell differentiation and regeneration of injured organs.

발생학의 교수, 연구 정보
Tae Joo Park Muco-ciliary epithelium, cartilage formation, osteoarthritis

Genomic Integrity

DNA is a genetic material and hence the damage of DNA not only threatens genomic integrity the life but also causes diseases. Therefore, DNA damage is repaired by diverse repair pathways. This research area investigates the origins of DNA damage and how cells maintain their genomic stability. Furthermore, the research on DNA damage repair provides in-depth understanding of molecular mechanism behind diverse human diseases such as cancer.

유전체 항상성의 교수, 연구 정보
Anton Gartner Cellular and organismal response to DNA damage
Hongtae Kim Study of cancer pathogenesis by regulating the DNA damage response pathways
Jayil Lee DNA damage repair; chromatin dynamics
Orlando Schaerer DNA damage and repair and its relationship to cancer biology and therapy


This area is related with the body’s defense mechanisms against pathogens and the study of immune diseases, such as autoimmunity, cancer, allergies, and organ transplantation. Knowledge gained through immunological research can be applied to vaccine development and treatment enhancement.

면역학의 교수, 연구 정보
Myunggon Ko Molecular mechanisms of cancers and metabolic diseases
Hyug Moo Kwon Immunotherapeutic target discovery, Covid-19 drug development
Sangjoon Lee Viral Innate Immunity, Viral Vaccine and Drug Development
Sung-ho Park Innate immune mechanisms guiding Inflammation and homeostasis


Studying metabolism that regulates synthesis and digestion of all biomolecules is essential for understanding the fundamentals of life.
The research on metabolism reveals the mechanism underlying diverse metabolic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases and provides the molecular basis for therapeutics and drug development.

대사의 교수, 연구 정보
Jang Hyun Choi Molecular mechanism of metabolic diseases/drug development
Jiyoung Park Obesity-related metabolic diseases and cancers/develop therapeutics
Haejin Yoon Cellular energy metabolism, Metabolic signaling in human physiology and metabolic disease


Microbiology research at UNIST explores interactions between different microorganisms as well as their interactions with humans, with the overarching goal being to define their impact on mankind. Key research work currently encompasses both chemical and living antibiotics and their activities against multidrug-resistant pathogenic bacterial strains.

미생물학의 교수, 연구 정보
Robert J. Mitchell Combating multidrug-resistant pathogens and their related diseases using predatory bacteria and secondary metabolites; Work also includes polar (arctic/Antarctic) microbes and evaluating microbial responses to microgravity conditions


Molecular Cell Biology

This field of biology studies diverse and dynamic cell processes, such as cell structure and gene expression, signaling, protein targeting, parcel traffic, intercellular communication and the molecular manipulation of disease.

분자세포생물학의 교수, 연구 정보
Chan Young Park Calcium signaling, coronavirus and host cell interactions
Pann-Ghill Suh Signal transduction in brain disease and cancer


Neurobiology is a major field of research in modern medical life sciences, trying to understand the structure and function of the major genes that make up the neural network, the interaction between components, and the fundamental principles of regulating their activities. Utilizing the knowledge gained through this process, we seek to solve important biological questions and problems, such as the processes involved in nerve cell development, understanding high-level brain activities achieved through the actions of neural circuits, and address various neurological diseases.

신경과학의 교수, 연구 정보
Jae-Ick Kim Neural circuit/Neurodegenerative disease
Chunghun Lim Molecular and cellular neuroscience; neurological disorders

Structural biology

Structural biology is a field of research that identifies and analyzes the three-dimensional structure of proteins and understands life phenomena at molecular level. Structural biology uses X-ray protein crystallography, protein biochemistry, molecular biology, and so on as the main research methods. It can be said that the three-dimensional structure of proteins is of great importance not only because it identifies the molecular warfare of life phenomena, but also because it identifies the necessary molecular structures needed for the development of new drugs.

구조생물학의 교수, 연구 정보
Changwook Lee Structural study for molecular trafficking and drug development