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IBS Center for NanoMedicine

Introduction

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  • South Korea, as one of the top 12 world leading industrial economies, in 2012, Korean Government launched a visionary project Institute for Basic Science (IBS) after closely benchmarking Max Planck Institute in Germany.
  • IBS promotes the highest quality of research that will nurture the current global basic science and generate new opportunities for the future generation. The ultimate goal of IBS is not only to advance the frontiers of knowledge but also to train the leading scientists of tomorrow.
  • Yonsei University is one of the most prestigious private universities in South Korea. The Center for NanoMedicine (CNM) was launched on Yonsei University campus in December 2015 as one of extramural centers of IBS, opening an access to world-leading research in nanoscience and nanomedicine with a vision of creating new scientific paradigm to bring research excellence.
  • Team Science is the most important concept of the Center. The director and all faculty members have their own special expertise to explore new science beyond current scientific disciplines through synergistic teamwork.
  • IBS CNM is designed to envision convergence of nanoscience and medical sciences and expanding the frontiers. There are three research topics IBS CNM mainly focuses on.
    • 1) Design of new nanomaterials with unique properties: We are developing intelligent and programmable nanomaterials which react under certain stimuli or environmental perturbation. The nanomaterials would then be transformed into new, flexible, complex, and hierarchical structures with properties optimized for variety uses of application.
    • 2) Nano-bio interface science for interrogating and unraveling complex biological system: By utilizing nanomaterials as a platform for a soft nano-robotic system, we are developing various sensing principles and nano-machineries which provide highly sensitive, accurate, and selective information. This platform would be useful not only to understand the interactions between nanomaterials and biological systems, but also to control or change cellular functions.
    • 3) Nanomedicine at single cell level: We develop nanomedicine which establishes nanomaterials and precision nanosystems to allow comprehensive observation, understanding, and modulating biological systems in on-command and spatio-temporally regulated manner. Cancer imaging and diagnosis, neuroscience, and genetic engineering are the main fields of research we explore in nanomedicine with bio-machine interface.

“Beyond 1st Class”

1 independent
research building
~20 faculty members
(including 6 core faculty members)
~$10 M budget/yr
core research facilities,
including imaging center
~150
- Ph.D. researchers
- Ph.D. & M.S. students
- full-time research staff members
full-time
administrative staff