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“Ways scientific knowledge is formulated; A goal of scientific endeavor is to obtain knowledge that provides the most plausible explanation of a natural phenomenon of interest.

It is important to note that one needs to utilize all the possible approaches… Also one should not hesitate to adopt any further technologies that would aid the discovery. The goal is to get the most plausible explanation, not to get the explanation one likes. It is, thus, important not to be bound by the previous knowledge, view, prejudice, and technological convenience.”

 

Director, Center for Plant Aging Research, Institute for Basic Science / Fellow Professor, Comparative Aging Group, Dept. of New Biolgoy, DGIST

 
 

Personal Information

 

Education & Postdoctoral Training

  • Mar. 1986 - Jul. 1988

    Research fellow, Department of Genetics, Harvard University, USA

  • Aug. 1982 - Dec. 1985

    Ph.D in Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

  • Thesis Title

    Biogenesis of yeast ribosomal proteins; molecular genetic analysis of regulation, transport and assembly(Advisor: Fried HM)

  • Mar. 1975 - Feb. 1982

    B.Sc in Chemistry, Seoul National University, Korea

 

Professional Experience

  • Dec. 2012 - Present

    Director, Center for Plant Aging Research, Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Korea

  • Sep. 2012 - Present

    Fellow, DGIST, Korea

  • Sep. 2012 - Present

    Professor, Department of New Biology, DGIST, Korea

  • Feb. 2010 - Aug. 2012

    Hong Deok Distinguished Professor, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) , Korea

  • Sep. 2005 - Aug. 2012

    Head, School of Interdisciplinary Biosciences and Bioengineering (I-BIO), POSTECH, Korea

  • Dec. 2004 - 2010

    Director, National Core Research Center for Systems Bio-Dynamics, Korea

  • Sep. 2003 - Aug. 2005

    Chair, Department of Life Sciences, POSTECH, Korea

  • Mar. 1999 - Aug. 2012

    Professor, Department of Life Sciences, POSTECH, Korea

  • Jul. 1997 - Jun. 1999

    Adjunct professor, School of Environmental Engineering, POSTECH, Korea

  • Sep. 1993 - Feb. 1999

    Associate professor, Department of Life Sciences, POSTECH, Korea

  • Jan. 1989 - Dec. 1990

    Adjunct professor, Department of Chemistry, POSTECH, Korea

  • Jan. 1989 - Aug. 1993

    Assistant professor, Department of Life Sciences, POSTECH, Korea

  • Aug. 1988 - Dec. 1988

    Assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, POSTECH, Korea

 

Professional Societies

  • Jan. 2005 - Dec. 2005

    President, Asian Association of Bioinformatics Societies

  • Jan. 2004 - Dec. 2004

    Vice President, Asian Association of Bioinformatics Societies

  • Nov. 2002 - Dec. 2004

    President, Korean Society of Bioinformatics

  • Nov. 2000 - Oct. 2002

    Vice President, Korean Society of Bioinformatics

  • Apr. 2000 - 2001

    Vice President, Korean Bio-Venture Association

  • Jul. 1999 - 2000

    Adjunct Senior Researcher, Youngnam Agricultural Experimental Station, Korea

  • Jan. 1996 - Aug. 2005

    Founder & Director, Korean Biological Research Information Center (BRIC)

 

Honors and Awards

  • 2014

    The 2014 HO-AM prize award in Science, The HO-AM Foundation, Korea

  • 2013

    Physical Review Letters (2012) paper; awarded Silver Medal in Samsung HumanTech Paper Awards, Samsung, Korea

  • 2012

    Digital Heritage Award (BRIC), Daum Foundation

  • 2012

    Nominated as one of "the 100 most influential Koreans for the next decade - the dreaming pioneers", DongA Daily, Korea

  • 2011

    Best Broadcast Award in Life Science (BRIC), Korean Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • 2011

    Guest Scholar of Honor, Rural Development Administration, Korea

  • 2011

    Storer Lecturer, University of California, Davis, USA

  • 2010

    The National Scholar, Ministry of Education, Science & Technology and National Research Foundation of Korea

  • 2009

    The manuscript published in Nature (2008) was recognized as one of the top 10 issues in science and technology of Korea

  • 2009

    The 54th National Academy of Science Award in the field of Basic Science, National Academy of Sciences, Korea

  • 2009

    POSCO TJ Park Prize in the field of Science, POSCO TJ Park Foundation, Korea

  • 2006

    The manuscript published in Cell (2005) was recognized as one of the top 50 discoveries of Korea

  • 2005

    Academic Research Award for Life Science, Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology

  • 2004

    Korea Science Contents Award 2004 for Mass Media Operation (BRIC), Korea Science Foundation

  • 2002

    Award for Agricultural Technology from the Minister of Science and Technology, Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

  • 2000

    Award for the Scientist of the Month, Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies

  • 2000

    The 10th Award for an Out-standing Research Paper, Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies

  • 1994

    The First Rank of Molecular Biologists of the 20th Century, Shindonga, Korea

 

Science Advisory Boards

  • Dec. 2009 - Aug. 2012

    Chair, POSTECH Academy Council, POSTECH, Korea

  • 2007 - Dec. 2016

    Scientific Advisory Board Member, ABRC, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

  • 2007

    Evaluation Committee Member, Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP)

  • 2006

    Budget Committee Member (Life Sciences), Ministry of Science and Technology, Korea

  • 2001-2003

    Agricultural Policy Committee Member, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Korea

 

Editorial Boards

  • 2016 - Present

    Translational Medicine of Aging

  • 2013 - Present

    Molecular Plant (Chinese Academy of Sciences / Chinese Society of Plant Biology)

  • 2013 - Present

    NanoPhotoBioSciences

  • 2004 - 2010

    Physiologia Plantarium (Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society)

  • 1998 - 2004

    Journal of Plant Biology (Botanical Society of Korea)

  • 1998 - 2004

    Plant Cell and Physiology (Japanese Society of Plant Physiology)

 

Memberships, Committees, Boards, ETC

  • 2016

    Chair of Organizing Committee, The 8th International Symposium on Plant Senescence.
    Chair of Organizing Committee, 2016 IBS Conference on Genetics of Aging and Life History.

  • 2014

    Chair of Organizing Committee, Symposium on Genetics of Aging and Life History II.
    Member of International Organizing Committee, Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability 2014.

  • 2013

    Member of International Organizing Committee, Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability 2013

  • 2012

    Member of Organizing Committee, Cell Death and Senescence Program, The 23rd International Conference on Arabidopsis Research

  • 2011

    Organizer, Symposium on Genetics of Aging and Life History

  • 2011 - 2012

    Member of Frontier Scientist Supporting Committee, Korean Academy of Science & Technology

  • 2010 - Present

    Member of Preparatory Committee for Establishment of China-Japan-Korea i-Biology International Cooperation Institute

  • 2010 - 2012

    Member of Organizing Committee & Chair of Program Committee, International Congress of Plant Molecular Biology 2012

  • 2009 - Present

    Founding Editor & Editor-in Chief, IBC (Interdisciplinary Bio Central)

  • 2009 - 2010

    Advisory Board, The 21th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research

  • 2009

    Asian Association of Systems Biology and Medicine

  • 2007 - Present

    Scientific Advisory Board Member, ABRC, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

  • 2006 - 2007

    Advisory Board, The 18th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research

  • 2006 - 2007

    POSCO TJ Park Prize Committee Member, POSCO TJ Park Foundation

  • 2005 - 2006

    Fellowship Committee, Human Frontier Science Program

  • 2005 - 2006

    Chair of Organizing Committee, BIOINFO 2006

  • 2004

    Asian Association of Bioinformatics Societies

  • 1989 - 1999

    Steering Committee, Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Research Center, Korea