BYUNG-KWAN CHO
BYUNG-KWAN CHO, Ph.D.

Associate professor
(Department of Biological Sciences and Institute of the BioCentury, KAIST)

Date of Birth : 06.16

I am an associate professor at the department of biological sciences, KAIST. Before joining the KAIST, I have been a project scientist in the Palsson lab at University of California San Diego for seven years. I completed my Ph.D. in the molecular biotechnology and biomaterials laboratory at the Seoul National University (Seoul, Korea). My research projects focus on the systems and synthetic biology of living organisms. To this end, we have used the high-throughput data generation platforms such as next-generation sequencing.

Motivation
The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. God can be found in the cathedral or in the laboratory. By investigating God’s majestic and awesome creation, science can actually by a means of worship. -Dr. Francis Collins

Professional Experiences: Assistant Professor, 2010-present, Systems and Synthetic Biology Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, KAIST; Visiting Professor, 2010-2011, Systems Biology Research Group, Department of Bioenigneering, UCSD; Project Scientist, 2007-2010, Systems Biology Research Group, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego

Professional Experiences: Assistant Professor, 2010-present, Systems and Synthetic Biology Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, KAIST; Visiting Professor, 2010-2011, Systems Biology Research Group, Department of Bioenigneering, UCSD; Project Scientist, 2007-2010, Systems Biology Research Group, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego

Education and training: Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2003-2007, Systems Biology Research Group, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego; Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2003-2003, Molecular Biotechnology and Biomaterials Lab, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Seoul National University; Ph.D., 1997-2003, Interdisciplinary program of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Seoul National University

Research Interests: Systems and Synthetic Biology: Elucidation of biological networks to understand phenotypes, High-throughput molecular biotechnology toolbox: Genome-scale measurements of transcriptome, interactome, proteome, metabolome, etc, Protein Engineering: Computer-guided and experimental protein design to generate novel proteins such as enzymes, therapeutic antibodies and peptides

Professional Activities: Consultant services for biotech companies (2008-present), Reviewer services for scientific journals (2007-present), American Society for Microbiology (2007-present), American Chemical Society (2001-present), Korean Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (1995-present), Korean Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (1995-present)

Awards: Young Scientist from Davos Forum (2011), Best poster award from Metabolic Engineering conference (2010), Travel award from Metabolic Engineering conference (2010), Travel award from q-bio conference (2009), Brain Korea 21 scholarship (1999-2003), University scholarship (1997-1998), University full scholarship for the first ranked graduate student (1995-1996), University full scholarship for academic excellence (1991-1994)