IBS Institute for Basic Science


Hong Gil Nam

“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 Biology, DGIST


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

  • 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 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

  • Nov. 2002 - Dec. 2004

    President, Korean Society of Bioinformatics

  • Mar. 1999 - Aug. 2012

    Professor, Department of Life Sciences, POSTECH, Korea

  • Jan. 1996 - Aug. 2005

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

  • Sep. 1993 - Feb. 1999

    Associate professor, Department of Life Sciences, 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


Honors and Awards

  • 2014

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

  • 2010-2012

    The National Scholar, Ministry of Education, Science & Technology and National Research Foundation 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 10th Presidential Science Award, Ministry of Science and Technology, Korea