[WHY UNIST] Prof. KyungJae Myung, School of Life Sciences
“UNIST provides a supportive environment for ambitious young scientists,” says Dr. Kyungjae Myung who is Distinguished Professor in the School of Life Sciences at UNIST.
For future students considering a degree at UNIST, Dr. Myung explains why they should choose UNIST.
Dr. Myung says “UNIST is truly a world-leading research institution, boasting highly potential faculties with spirit “We Can Do It!” He adds, “UNIST offers a wide range of highly regarded degree programs that allow students the freedom to explore their intellectual and personal passions [and this is another reason why I was drawn to UNIST].”
According to Dr. Myung, “UNIST offers unsurpassed opportunities for students and postdoctoral fellows in a collaborative, interdisciplinary reserach environment.” He continues by saying, “And this enables young researchers at UNIST to perform high-quality R&D.”
When asked what advice he would give to aspiring young scientists, Dr. Myung responded: “I think one must have perseverance in what they are doing and above all have a passion for science because it’s fun to pursue it.”
In 2014, Dr. Kyungjae Myung, the former senior investigator and section head with tenure from the National Institutes of Health, USA joined the faculty of UNIST as a Distinguished Professor. He is a leading scientist in genomic integrity and has been recently selected to head the IBS Center for Genomic Integrity (CGI), launched at the UNIST campus on December 1, 2014.
His current research interests are to identify and understand the molecular mechanisms of DNA repair pathways preserving genomic integrity and to develop therapeutic approaches that target these pathways.
Dr. Myung states, “We hope to provide fundamental understandings of how cells protect themselves from damage from environmental, as well as endogenous resources.” He adds, “We believe knowledge accumulated in the laboratory will help develop therapeutic potential for genetic diseases, including cancers and means to suppress aging.”
Source: UNIST News Center