Prof. June M Kwak, Prof. Kyuhyung Kim in Life Sciences;
Prof. Yong Min Lee, Prof. Minseok S. Kim in ICT Convergence Research
▲ DGIST Research Directors selected for the 2020 Basic Research Laboratory (BRL) projects (from left to right): Professor June M Kwak, Professor Kyuhyung Kim, Professor Yong Min Lee, and Professor Minseok S. Kim)
DGIST announced on Tuesday July 7 that four labs in DGIST have been selected for the 'Basic Research Laboratory (BRL) in 2020'.
The BRL Project, hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT, aims to strengthen the national research capabilities by supporting small basic research groups focusing on specific topics for the promotion of convergence research. The selected labs are: Control RNA-focused Plant Development Dynamics Lab (Prof. Joon M Kwak), Proprioception and Proprioceptor Lab (Prof. Kyuhyung Kim), Defective-Simulation Battery Lab to trace the causes of degradation/ignition (Prof. Yongmin Lee), and the Next-Generation Non-Invasive Early Prenatal Diagnosis Basis Lab (Prof. MinSeok S. Kim). Each research team will receive 1.3 billion KRW of research funding to perform projects for the next 3 years.
The research team of the four professors (Joon M Kwak, Hye Ryun Woo, Jong-Chan Lee, Pyung-Ok Lim) in New Biology aims to grasp overall understanding and the control of plant growth with regulatory RNA, with reference to the model of development process of guard cells and leaves. Research director Prof. June M Kwak said, “Our goal is to derive global research findings that will lead this field with a new convergent approach to identify the principles and control methods of plant development that is regulated by control RNA.”
Professor Kyuhyung Kim's team in Brain and Cognitive Sciences will analyze the causes of degenerative brain diseases and further the research to the area of treating patients with gait abnormalities by understanding and regulating the molecular mechanism of proprioceptive sensory system. Professors Byungchang Suh and Hankyoung Choe of the same department will take part in this research. The research director, Prof. Kim, said “Our research will play a crucial role in enhancing the status of Korean science academia by revealing the mechanism for proprioception, the sixth sense which is recently drawing huge interest.”
Professor Yong min Lee's reseach team in the Energy Science and Engineering is planning to develop source technology that will significantly improve the safety and solve possible defects on pre-existing batteries by establishing new design-manufacture-analysis procedure. Prof. Seung-Tae Hong, Prof. Ho Chun Lee, and Prof. Hongkyung Lee in the same major will participate. Professor Lee, the research Director, said, "We all will try our best to the development of a technology of ZERO deterioration/ignition on battery by interpreting a defect-simulation battery with A.I technology."
Professor Minseok S. Kim's team in New Biology aims to commercialize the world's first fetal cell-based non-invasive prenatal test, and Bundang CHA Medical Center and Citi Cells Co., Ltd. will also be participating in this joint research. Professor Minseok S. Kim, the research director, said, “We will help boosting the independence of nation's flagship industry and future megatrends through the development of source technologies that can complete prenatal tests with one single test in the early stage of pregnancy, instead of the existing method, that has been cost-inefficient and worrying.”