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Health Science & Technology (HST) is an emerging field that needs urgent efforts to foster a future growth industry and market for Korea. Though several departments at KAIST have been worked on state-of-the-art HST and established advanced research skills, those efforts were not focused into an initiative to create novel value and provide a vision for new markets. KIHST aims to develop new high-impact technologies through the combination of engineering and medicine, providing a new platform to incubate them for the future health markets. To achieve this goal, Biophotonics, Neuroimaging & Neuromodulation and Therapeutic Bioengineering were set as core competencies to establish the core-infrastructure that can integrate R&D task forces from multi-disciplinary departments at KAIST for synergistic results. Furthermore, Translational Medical Engineering will be conducted to aid the development and application for practical health technology that reflects clinical needs in the medical field.

Research Theme


♦ Neuroimaging & Neuromodulation

   PI: Prof. Yong, Jeong

   Understanding of the brain mechanisms and disorders is considered one of the most important research as the society becomes older. KIHST will broaden various imaging techniques and
   animal models of brain disorders to provide innovative diagnostic and therapeutic solution for brain disorder

   Target Research Area:

   -Early Diagnosis and Intervention in Neurological/Psychiatric Disorders

   -Brain Imaging for Early Diagnosis and Neuromodulation Techniques for Treatment

♦ Center for Biophotonics

   PI: Prof. Wang Yuhl, Oh

   Target Research Area:

   -In vivo Imaging for Pathophysiology Study and Clinical Application

   -Adaptive Optics and Complex Photonics

   -Intravital Microscopy for In Vivo Molecular/Cellular Imaging

   -Optical Coherence Tomography

♦ Therapeutic Bioengineering

   PI: Prof. Ji-Ho, Park

   Established on 2016 Spring, the center for therapeutic bioengineering (CTB) uses multidisciplinary engineering approaches to develop new biomedical devices and therapeutic technologies

   for treatment and prevention of human diseases. The center will use nanotechnology solutions to develop targeted drug delivery systems for disease treatment that takes into account

   individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person. Furthermore, the center will develop biomedical devices for real-time and precise monitoring of response to

   treatment with non-invasive or minimally-invasive methods.

   Target Research Area:

   -Smart nanomedicine for individualized and targeted disease treatments

   -Innovative biomedical devices for monitoring therapeutic response in patients


Name Position e-Mail Phone
Jeong, Yong Director +82-042-350-4324
Kim, MiHyun Administrative Staff +82-042-350-7164

KAIST 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon (34141)
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