Principal Investigator

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Seok-Kyu Kwon, Ph.D

Professional Experience

2018 – current : KIST, Seoul, Republic of Korea

                       Center for Functional Connectomics, Senior Researcher

 

2013 – 2017 : Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

                    Dept. of Neuroscience, Postdoctoral Scienctist

                    Advisor: Prof. Franck Polleux

 

2011 - 2013 : The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA

                  Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Post-doc

                  Advisor: Prof. Franck Polleux

Education

2005/3 - 2010/8 :  KAIST, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

                          Dept of Biological Sciences, Ph. D.

                          Advisor: Prof. Eunjoon Kim

 

2001/3 - 2005/2 :  KAIST, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

                          Dept of Biological Sciences, B.S.

Honors and awards

2010 Seok-lim scholarship : KAIST alumni association

2012 Human Frontier Science Program, Long-term fellowship

Seok-Kyu got his Ph.D. at KAIST under the guidance of Prof. Eunjoon Kim. During his Ph.D., he identified and characterized novel synaptic cell adhesion molecules for synapse formation and stabilization. Then, he joined Prof. Franck Polleux's lab as a postdoc, and he unveiled the critical roles of mitochondria at presynaptic sites using various live imaging techniques. In addition, he found that the physiological importance of ER-mitochondria contacts in dendritic sites.

Now his lab is focusing on the physiological roles of mitochondrial calcium regulation in various neuronal compartments and circuits.

Graduate student

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Hyunsu Jung

Hyunsu is exploring mitochondrial calcium regulation in compartment-specific & circuit-specific way.

Education

2019/2 - current: KIST & Korea University,

                Republic of Korea

                        Dept. of Life Sciences, M.S.

2010/3 - 2018/2 :  Korea University, Republic of Korea

                          Dept of Biotechnology and

                          Bioinformatics, B.S.

Honors and awards

2018          : Best poster award, KIST Brain Science

                  Institute symposium

Graduate student

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Su Yeon Kim

Su Yeon is investigating circuit-specific mitochondrial distribution and function using various innovative tools.

Education

2012/3 - 2018/2:  Kyungpook National University, 

Daegu, Republic of Korea

                         Dept of Life Sciences and

Biotechnology, B.S.

2019/2 - current: KIST & Korea University

                        College of Medicine,

                Republic of Korea

                        Ph.D.

                         

Research Experience

2019/11 - 2020/2: Intern researcher,

  KIST

2017/9 - 2018/2: Intern researcher,

                        Kyungpook Nat. Univ.

                         Prof. Sang Ryong Kim

2017/2 - 2017/8:  Exchange Student

Marburg University, Germany

Graduate student

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Fatma Sema

Canbakis Cecen

Sema is investigating alteration of  mitochondrial distribution and function in aged brains.

Education

2007/9 - 2019/6 : Middle East Technical University

                         Turkey

                    Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics                           

Research Experience

2020/3 - current: Intern researcher,

KIST

2017/2 - 2017/8: Intern researcher

                        Ruhr University, Germany

Graduate student

Wonsuk Kim

Wonsuk is investigating the roles of mitochondrial components for neuronal development and function

Education

2014/3 - 2017/2 : Yonsei University, Republic of Korea

                    Dept. of Systems Biology                           

Research Experience

2015/7 - 2015/8: Intern researcher,

Yonsei University

2016/7 - 2016/8: Intern researcher

                        KAIST

Intern

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Woo-Seok Yang

Education

2017/3 - current : Konkuk Univ., Korea

                    Dept. of Biological Sciences                           

Woo-Seok is a junior student at Konkuk Univ. and participating to develop AI-based neuronal mitochondria analysis software, and interrogating the mitochondrial calcium regulatory mechanisms.

Intern

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Yewon Jang

Education

2019/3 - current : Hanyang Univ., Korea

                    Dept. of Life Science                       

Yewon is a junior student at Hanyang Univ. and participating to develop AI-based neuronal mitochondria analysis software, and investigating the PD related mechanisms.

Alumni

Intern

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Kangyeon Kim

Education

2017/3 - current : Konkuk Univ., Korea

                    Dept. of Biological Sciences                           

Kangyeon is a junior student at Konkuk Univ. and working on the project related to develop AI-based neuronal mitochondria analysis software.

Intern

​Hyeyeon Bae

Education

2019/3 - current : Ewha Womans Univ., Korea

                    Dept. of Life Sciences                        

Hyeyeon is a junior student at Ewha Womans Univ. and working on the project related to develop AI-based neuronal mitochondria analysis software.

Intern

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Taeeun Ko

Education

2017/3 - current : Ewha Womans Univ., Korea

                    Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences                           

Tae-Eun was a senior student at Ewha Womans Univ. She is setting up the 3D-EM analysis system in the lab.

Intern

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Hyewoo Jeong

Education

2017/3 - 2022/2 : Hanyang University, Korea

                    Dept. of Bioengineering, B.S.

2022/3 - current : Hanyang University, Korea

                    Dept. of Bioengineering,

                     Ph.D. candidate  

Hye-Woo was a junior student at Hanyang Univ. and worked on the project related to develop AI-based neuronal mitochondria analysis software.

Postdoc

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Changuk Chung, Ph.D

Education

2012/3 - 2017/2 :  KAIST, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

                          Dept of Biological Sciences, Ph. D.

                          Advisor: Prof. Eunjoon Kim

 

2008/3 - 2012/2 :  KAIST, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

                          Dept of Biological Sciences, B.S.

Professional Experience

2019/11 - current: UCSD, La Jolla, USA

Joseph Gleeson's lab

Postdoc

2018/11 - 2019/10: KIST, Seoul, Republic of Korea

                        Center for Functional Connectomics,

                        Postdoc

Intern

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Yeon Soo Ahn

Education

2015 - 2018 :  Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea

                    Dept. of Biological Engineering

                           

2018 - current :  Janssen Korea

Yeon Soo was a senior student at Konkuk University. She investigated neuronal mitochondrial distribution and developing analysis software using deep learning algorithm.

Intern

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Victoria Vernail

Victoria was a junior student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, USA. She joined our lab through IPAN program, which is a NSF (National Science Foundation) funded fellowship. 

Education

2017/9 - 2020/8 :  Chatham University, Pittsburgh, USA

                           Dept. of Biology 

2020/9 - current :  Penn state college of medicine

Intern

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Yunseo Chang

Education

2017/9 - 2021/12: McGill University, Montreal, Canada

                        Dept. of Physiology

Yunseo was a junior student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She joined our lab through AKCSE (The Association of Korean-Canadian 

Scientists and Engineers) internship program.