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College of Life Science and Bio Engineering

College of Life Science and Bioengineering

With the specialization of biology, brain science, medical science, and IT/NT, KAIST has accumulated academic capability in the area of biology. The College of Life Science and Bioengineering was founded to efficiently support the fusion research environment of KI for Biocentury at KAIST.

The College of Life Science and Bioengineering is composed of the Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Bio & Brain Engineering, and Graduate School of Medical Science & Engineering. The college pursues multidisciplinary education & research in the area of biology and the development of modern science through the fusion of the IT & NT foundation techniques for the development of the nation’s biological science and technology.

The Department of Biological Sciences fosters scientists and engineers of life science and biotechnology equipped with creative research skills to lead in the development of science and technology in the area of biological sciences and excellent scientists equipped with future oriented thinking and a holistic personality.

The multidisciplinary Department of Bio & Brain Engineering fosters a creative workforce that is capable of creating new knowledge and techniques in the fusion areas of electronics, computers, and nanotechnology based on biomedical science.

The Graduate School of Medical Science & Engineering is catered to doctors (specialists), graduates from medical schools, dental schools, and schools of oriental medicine for the development of new medicine and medical devices. The Graduate School of Medical Science & Engineering was established with the purpose of developing life sciences and medical technology and fostering a high-quality workforce equipped with a multidisciplinary knowledge in basic medicine, life science, and biomedical engineering, as well as research experience.

Academic Degree Curriculum
Academic Degree Curriculum
Department/Major Bachelor's Courses Master's Courses Doctoral Courses Office of Academic Affairs Website
Department of Biological Sciences
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Graduate School of Medical Science and Engineering
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Interdisciplinary Majors and Educational Programs
Education Program
College
(Department/Major)
Interdisciplinary Majors and Educational Programs Bachelor's Courses Master's Courses Doctoral Courses Office of Academic Affairs Website
Graduate School of Medical Science and Engineering
Biomedical Science and Engineering
Interdisciplinary Program
042-350-4232(F.4240) Homepage go
※ Department of Bio and Brain Engineering is changed of affiliation from College of Life Science and Bioengineering to College of Engineering on March 1st, 2015.
KAIST COMPASS in Life Science & Bioengineering

2017 Spring A mechanism for the induction of type 2 immune responses by a protease allergen in the genital tract Auditory-to-visual feedforward inhibition mediates auditory dominance during the integration of audiovisual conflict Somatic Mutations in TSC1 and TSC2 cause focal cortical dysplasia. Reconstruction of LPS transfer cascade reveals structural determinants within LBP, CD14, and TLR4-MD2 for efficient LPS reconstruction and transfer How the retina fine-tunes brightness 2016 Fall Mapping neuromodulatory projections to Innate and adaptive immunity to hepatitis viruses Inositol control of neurotransmitter release SoxF promotes developmental angiogenesis 14-3-3 makes new partners for growth control

News
Study Identifies the Novel Molecular Signal for Triggering Septic Shock
Professor Seyun Kim’s team at the Department of Biological Sciences reported the mechanism by which cellular signaling transduction networks are precisely controlled in mediating innate immune responses, such as sepsis, by the enzyme IPMK (Inositol polyphosphate multikinase) which is essential for inositol biosynthesis metabolism.

In collaboration with Professor Hyun Seong Roh at Seoul National University, the study’s first author, Eunha Kim, a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Biological Sciences, performed a series of cellular, biochemical, and physiological experiments searching for the new function of IPMK enzymes in macrophages. The research findings were published in Science Advances on April 21.

Professor Kim’s team has been investigating various inositol metabolites and their biosynthesis metabolism for several years and has multilaterally identified the signaling actions of IPMK for controlling cellular growth and energy homeostasis.

This research showed that the specific deletion of IPMK enzymes in macrophages could significantly reduce levels of inflammation and increase survival rates in mice when they were challenged by microbial septic shock and endotoxins. This suggests a role for IPMK enzymes in mediating innate inflammatory responses that are directly related to a host’s defense against pathogenic bacterial infection.

The team further discovered that IPMK enzymes directly bind to TRAF6 proteins, a key player in immune signaling, thus protecting TRAF6 proteins from ubiquitination reactions that are involved in protein degradation. In addition, Kim and his colleagues successfully verified this IPMK-dependent immune control by employing short peptides which can specifically interfere with the binding between IPMK enzymes and TRAF6 proteins in macrophage cells.

This research revealed a novel function of IPMK enzymes in the fine tuning of innate immune signaling networks, suggesting a new direction for developing therapeutics targeting serious medical conditions such as neuroinflammation, type 2 diabetes, as well as polymicrobial sepsis that are developed from uncontrolled host immune responses. This research was funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.


(Figure: Deletion of IPMK (inositol polyphosphate multikinase) in macrophages reduces the stability of TRAF6 protein which is the key to innate immune signaling, thereby blocking excessive inflammation in response to pathological bacterial infection.)

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Department of Biological Sciences KAIST COMPASS
Contact Information for the College of Life Science and Bioengineering: 042-350-ext.

Office of the Dean of the College of Life Science and Bioengineering: 2125
College of Life Science and Bioengineering Academic and Student Affairs Team: 1401, 1409, Fax: 1400