Principal Investigator

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Yongsung Hwang, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Yongsung Hwang is an associate professor in Soonchunhyang Institute of Medi-bio Science (SIMS) at Soonchunhyang University. He received a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from UC San Diego and he did his postdoctoral training in the Department of Bioengineering at UC San Diego. His current research interest is to understand the roles of cell-matrix/cell-cell interactions on controlling the lineage-specific fate determination of human pluripotent stem cells into functional musculoskeletal progenitors through biomaterial-based physiochemical cues along with soluble cues. Beyond fundamental understandings of artificial ECM-based cues to stem cells, his team also focuses on developing multifunctional 3D biomimetic materials as bioengineered niche by leveraging 3D bioprinting techniques for regenerative and tissue engineering applications.  [Publication List]

  • Associate Professor, Soonchunhyang Institute of Medi-bio Science, Soonchunhyang University, Korea, 2019 - current

  • Assistant Professor, Soonchunhyang Institute of Medi-bio Science, Soonchunhyang University, Korea, 2015 - 2019 

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Bioengineering, UC San Diego, USA, 2011 - 2014

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, UC San Diego, USA, 2011

  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, UC San Diego, USA,  2007

  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, 2006

  • Email: yshwang0428@sch.ac.kr

Research Professor

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Sung Sik Hur, Ph.D.

Dr. Hur is a research professor in Soonchunhyang Institute of Medi-bio Science (SIMS) at Soonchunhyang University. He received a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from UC San Diego and he did his postdoctoral training in the Department of Bioengineering at UC San Diego. His current research interest is to understand the roles of cell-matrix/cell-cell interactions on controlling the lineage-specific fate determination of human pluripotent stem cells into functional musculoskeletal progenitors and cancer progression and metastasis using Traction Force Microscopy (TFM). [Publication List]

  • Research Professor, Soonchunhyang Institute of Medi-bio Science, Soonchunhyang University, Korea, 2019 - current

  • Assistant Project Scientist, Bioengineering, UC San Diego, USA, 2013-2019

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Bioengineering, UC San Diego, USA, 2009 - 2013

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Bioengineering, UC Irvine, USA, 2007 - 2008

  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, UC San Diego, USA, 2007

  • M.S., Materials Science, Seoul National Univ., Korea, 1998

  • B.S., Materials Science, Seoul National Univ., Korea, 1995

  • Email: sstahur@gmail.com

Postdoctoral Researcher

Joohyun Kim, Ph.D.

Dr. Kim is a postdoctoral researcher at Soonchunhyang Institute of Medi-bio Science (SIMS) at Soonchunhyang University. She received a Ph.D. degree from Gachon Advanced Institute for Health Science and Technology from Gachon University. 

  • Ph.D., Gachon Advanced Institute for Health Science and Technology, Korea, 2020

  • M.S., School of Dentistry, Kyungbook National Univ. , Korea, 2012

  • B.S., Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Gachon Univ., Korea, 2009

  • Email: noirsky@naver.com

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George Augustine, Ph.D.

Dr. Augustine is a postdoctoral researcher at Soonchunhyang Institute of Medi-bio Science (SIMS) at Soonchunhyang University. He received a Ph.D. degree from Anna University, Chennai, India. 

  • Ph.D., Anna University, Chennai, India, 2021

  • M.S., Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India, 2015

  • B.S., Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Loyola College, Univ. of Madras, Chennai, 2012

  • Email: sangeo.loyola003@gmail.com

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Graduate Students

Yunhye Kim, B.S.

 

  • Ph.D. student

  • Email: kyhye4@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Yunhye received her B.S. degree in the Department of Medical Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University in 2015 and joined Hwang Lab in 2016 Spring. Her current Ph.D. research work focuses on understanding the roles of LMNA in chondrocyte de-differentiation and its application.

  • Recipient ​of Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (학문후속세대지원사업, 박사과정생연구장려금) (2020-2022)

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Ji Hoon Jeong

  • Ph.D. student

  • Email: ksku2012@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Jihoon received his B.S. degree in the Department of Medical Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University in 2018 and joined Hwang Lab in 2018 Spring. His currently research work focuses on chondrogenesis and insulin-producing pancreatic beta cell differentiation of human embryonic stem cells through cell-matrix interaction by harnessing GF-immobilized matrix and cell surface modification.

Laurensia Danis Anggradita

  • MS/Ph.D. student

  • Email: laurensiadanis@gmail.com

  • Brief Biography: Laurensia received her B.S. degree in the Department of Biology at Atma Jaya Catholic Univ. in 2019 and joined Hwang Lab in 2019 Spring. Her current Ph.D. research work focuses on understanding the molecular mechanism of keloid skin disorders and recapitulation of 3D keloid skin microenvironment using skin tissue-derived decellularized extracellular matrix as a 3D printable bioink.

Pham Thi Nghia

  • MS student

  • Email: phamthinghia01@gmail.com

  • Brief Biography: Nghia received her B.S. degree in the Faculty of Biotechnology at International University - Vietnam National University in 2019 and joined Hwang Lab in 2019 Fall. Her current Ph.D. research interest is to understand the roles of podocyte microenvironment in controlling podocyte growth and their in vitro functions, focusing on mechanotransduction of podocytes.

Kyungmu Noh

  • MS student

  • Email: shrudan1@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Kyungmu received his B.S. degree in the Department of Medical Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University in 2020 March and joined Hwang Lab in 2019 Fall as an undergraduate volunteer researcher. His current M.S. research work focuses on the development of functional conjunctiva tissues using the patient’s conjunctiva-derived epithelial cells and fibroblasts, and understanding the molecular mechanism of pterygium based on 3D modeling.

Odelia Levana

  • MS student

  • Email: odelialevana@gmail.com 

  • Brief Biography: Odelia received her B.S. degree in the Department of Biology at Atma Jaya Catholic Univ. and joined Hwang Lab in 2019 Fall through the exchange student program. Now she joined Hwang Lab in 2020 Fall as  MS student and her current M.S. research work focuses on understanding the roles of LMNA in mesodermal lineage commitment of embryonic stem cells and their subsequent contribution to the chondrogenesis of stem cells.

Research Scientist / Lab manager

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Jinhui Rhee, M.S.

 

  • Research Scientist/Lab manager

  • Email: qa6411@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Jinhui received her MS degree in the Department of Biochemistry at Hoseo University in 2019 and joined Hwang Lab on July 1, 2020.

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Jiwon Son, M.S.

  • Research Scientist

  • Email: pearl3717@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Jiwon received her MS degree in the Department of Dermatology at Korea University in 2020 and joined Hwang Lab on December 1, 2020.

We are currently looking for highly motivated undergraduate students.

Undergraduate Students

Internship program (current)

Mona Fendereski, M.S.

 

  • Master's student

  • Email: mona.fendereski@gmail.com

  • Brief Biography: Mona received her B.S. degree in the Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology at  Isfahan University in 2012 and joined Hwang Lab in 2015.

  • M.S. thesis: Understanding roles of biomimetic matrix-based cues on regulation of myogenic differentiation

  • Graduation date: 2017 February

  • Current Position: Ph.D. student at University of Southern Mississippi

Alumni

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Doyoung Kim

  • Undergraduate Volunteer

  • Email: david9603@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Doyoung is a senior student in the Department of Clinical Pathology at Soonchunhyang University and he joined Hwang Lab in 2020 Winter as a volunteer researcher.

Exchange Students

Danniella Yudianti

  • Exchange student

  • Email: daniellayudianti21@gmail.com

  • Brief Biography: Danniella joined Hwang Lab in 2021 Spring through the exchange student program.

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Soyoung Kim, B.S.

 

  • Undergraduate student

  • Email: cjstkthdud12@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Soyoung Kim was an undergrad volunteer through SCH internship program during 2016 Winter - 2018

  • B.S. thesis: Anti-bacterial properties of lignin-based compounds

  • Graduation date: 2018 February

  • Current Position: Research Scientist, National Cancer Center, Republic of Korea

Hyun Bum Kim, B.S.

  • Research Scientist 

  • Email: tiggerhy@snu.ac.kr

  • Brief Biography: Hyun Bum received his B.S. degree in the Department of Biotechnology at Yonsei University in 2014 and integrated M.S./Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Seoul National University. He joined Hwang Lab as research scientist  as an alternative military service in 2017 Fall -2019 Fall and his research work focused on "Development of biomimetic shielding-mediated cell coating technology and its in vivo application as novel cell/drug delivery methods".

  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard Medical School, USA

Yejin Park, B.S.

  • Part-time Research Scientist

  • Email: bbacke18@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Yejin was graduated from the Department of Medical IT Engineering at Soonchunhyang University and she is currently a part-time researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program.

  • B.S. thesis: Development of 3D-printable biomimetic material-based bioinks

  • Graduation date: 2019 February

  • Current Position: 

Ami Lee

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: ami990105@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Ami is a junior student in the Department of Medical Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and she joined Hwang Lab in 2019 Summer as a volunteer researcher.

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Internship program (past)

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Heysun Shin

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: hyesun0108@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Hyesun is a senior student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering at Soonchunhyang University and she was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2019 Winter.

Oheun Kwon

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: koe0702@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Oheun is a senior student in the Department of Life Science and Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and she was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2019 Winter.

Seungyeon Seo

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: ssk2154@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Seungyeon is a senior student in the Department of Life Science and Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and she was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2019 Winter.

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Yujin Jung

 

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: jjs5952@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Yujin is a sophomore student in the Department of Life Science and Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and she was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through 1st SIMS Summer internship program during 2020 Summer.

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Jun Yeong Yang

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: yjy4121608@gmail.com

  • Brief Biography: Jun Yeong is a senior student in the Department of Life Science and Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and he was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2019 Summer.

Changjun Lee

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: ckdwns118@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Changjun is a Junior student in the Department of Life Science and Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and he was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2019 Summer.

Hanbit Oh, B.S.

  • Research Scientist

  • Email: bbacke18@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Hanbit was graduated from the Department of Medical Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and she was currently a part-time researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2019 Summer.

  • Graduation date: 2019 February

Jungdeok Park

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: xgpark77@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Jungdeok is a senior student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering at Soonchunhyang University and he was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2018 Winter.

Taegyoo Kim

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: xorb1025@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Taegyoo is a senior student in the Department of Life Science and Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and he was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2018 Winter.

Hyunchul Min

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: hyun_9510@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Hyunchul is a junior student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering at Soonchunhyang University and he was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2018 Summer.

Seunghoon Jung

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: heartwinhoon@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Seunghoon is a senior student in the Department of Life Science and Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and he was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2017 Winter.

Jihyun Park

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: purjur311@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Jihyun received her B.S. degree in the Department of Life Science and Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and she was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2016 Winter.

Minyoung Son

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: qksekf555@naver.com

  • Brief Biograpy: Minyoung received her B.S. degree in the Department of Medical Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and she was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2017 summer.

Sungjin Kim

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: tjdwls515@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Sungjin Kim is a senior student in the Department of Life Science and Biotechnology at Soonchunhyang University and he was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2017 summer.

Yoosun Kang

 

  • Undergraduate student

  • Email: dbtjszzz@naver.com

  • Brief Biography: Soyoung Kim was an undergraduate volunteer through SCH internship program during 2017 Winter - 2017 Spring.

Myunggeun Shin

  • Undergraduate volunteer 

  • Email: mmk8569@hanmail.net

  • Brief Biography: Myunggeun is a junior student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering at Soonchunhyang University and he was a volunteer researcher in Hwang Lab through SCH internship program during 2018 Summer.