Yoon-Kyoung Cho is currently a group leader in the Center for Soft and Living Matter at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and an associate professor in Biomedical Engineering track in school of Life Sciences and in Chemical Engineering track in school of Chemical and Energy Engineering at UNIST and Republic of Korea.
She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999, having obtained her M.S. and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from POSTECH in 1994 and 1992, respectively. She worked as a senior researcher (1999–2008) at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), where she participated in the development of in vitro diagnostic devices for biomedical applications.
Since she joined UNIST in 2008, she has been the chair of the school of Nano-Bioscience and Chemical Engineering (2008–2014) and the school of Life Sciences (2014–2015) and the director of World Class University (2009–2013) and BK21 (2013–2015) programs.
Her research interests range from basic sciences to translational research in microfluidics and nanomedicine. Current research topics include a lab-on-a-disc for the detection of rare cells and biomarkers, quantitative analysis of single cells, and system analysis of cellular communication.
Our group search for new discoveries and innovations in multidisciplinary fields of biology, chemistry, physics, medical diagnostics and therapeutics. A family of unique microfluidic platforms are utilized to probe cells with unprecedented precision and to have systems understanding of cellular communications in tumor microenvironment.