Three UNIST alumni are awarded the prestigious 2021 Asan Foundation Medical Bioscience Scholarship, an annual award given to the best graduate students in biomedical sciences in the country.
The Asan Foundation for Biomedical Sciences Scholarships is a new support program, established in 2017 by the Asaan Foundation. The scholarship is designed to nurture excellent human resources to lead the field of biomedical sciences in Korea. It offers students a range of financial assistance and encourages a culture of participation in these challenging economic times.
This year, more than 50 graduate students were honored, including SangIn Kim (Department of Biological Sciences, UNIST), ByeongEun Lee (Department of Biological Sciences, UNIST), and YeonSong Choi (Department of Biomedical Engineering, UNIST) for their scholastic and university achievements. . Achievements. These recipients have been awarded scholarship certificates, along with funding from 20 to 40 million KRW annually for up to four years.
This award is awarded to SangIn Kim (Consultant: Professor Kyungjae Myung, Department of Biological Sciences) in recognition of his work on DNA damage and repair. DNA carries genetic information that is constantly exposed to harmful factors. His research primarily lies in the areas of DNA damage response and repair pathways that can sense and repair damaged DNA and signal to cells that there is an urgent problem that needs to be addressed.
“Failure to repair damaged DNA may lead to cell death or accumulation of changes in the DNA that could cause genetic diseases including cancer or lead to premature aging,” said Mr. Kim. “My ultimate goal is to find evidence to define precise medicine to treat disease and prevent premature aging.”
Byung Eun Lee (Consultant: Professor Jae Ik Kim, Department of Biological Sciences) was awarded the prestigious 2021 Biomedical Sciences Scholarship for the Asaan Foundation in recognition of her work in degenerative brain disease. Under the direction of Professor Jay Eck Kim, Ms. Lee works on the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease, as well as how to treat them. Last year, it successfully treated motor dysfunction in a mouse model with Parkinson’s disease by regulating its neurons. Published in the journal, brain, This research has gained significant academic interest.
Another recipient of the 2021 Asan Foundation Medical Bioscience Scholarship is YeonSong Choi (Consultant: Professor Simin Lee, Department of Biomedical Engineering). Ms. Choi also received this award for her work in genomics. Under the direction of Professor Simin Lee, Ms. Choi is working to uncover genetic mutations responsible for disease in Korean patients. Her current primary project is to study childhood cancers and rare and incurable childhood diseases.