College of Life Science and Biotechnology

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Welcome to the Dongguk University College of Life Science and Biotechnology!

The College of Life Science and Biotechnology at Dongguk University was established in 2009 based on the College of Life Science. The history of the college started in 1953 when the College of Agriculture & Forestry was founded. Since the college was established, we have invested endless efforts in educating students to become specialists in the field of life science and biotechnology as well as nurturing them to become accomplished people and excellent leaders in our society.

Today the four departments of the college (namely, the Department of Biological and Environmental Science, the Department of Life Science, the Department of Food Science and Biotechnology and the Department of Medical Biotechnology) harbor 33 faculty members and the student body has risen rapidly to more than 850 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students both in the Masters' and Ph. D. programs. The College of Life Science and Biotechnology continues an intense development of its research and education to provide the next generation engineers and scientists.

We aim to properly cultivate the gifts and talents of individuals through the acquisition of knowledge following the university's foundational spirit. Especially through education in life science and biotechnology, we encourage bright young minds to be future leaders who devote themselves to realizing the ideal values of the nation and people in various fields including basic life science, medical biotechnology, bioresources and environmental science, and food biotechnology.

We also aim to establish sustainable research programs that are specialized in life science and biotechnology through an effort in interdisciplinary convergence.

Finally, the College of Life Science and Biotechnology share the following vision; We will build a research-oriented college through specialization in life sciences and biotechnology. We will employ a future-oriented curriculum in order to meet the need for bioengineering specialists. We will establish a sustainable research program through interdisciplinary convergence.

Thank you for visiting the College of Life Science and Biotechnology at Dongguk University and for taking time to learn more about our dynamic and innovative education, research, and technology development.



  • 2009

    College of Life Science was renamed to the College of Life Science and Biotechnology

  • 2008

    College of Life Resources and Science was renamed to the College of Life Science

  • 1994

    College of Agriculture & Forestry was renamed to the College of Life Resources and Science

  • 1958

    Graduate School Launched

  • 1953

    College of Agriculture & Forestry established

  • 1951

    Department of Forestry launched

  • 1906

    Dongguk University founded


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Department of Biological and Environmental Science

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iological and Environmental Science is a relatively young discipline which has grown out of increasing concerns for the environment and the need for scientific approaches to the study of human impacts on natural resources. Recently, biological and environmental scientists have been challenged to find solutions to global issues such as climate change, desertification, air pollution, loss of biodiversity and shortage of food, energy and clean water. The Department of Biological and Environmental Science offers high-quality teaching and scientific research to investigate these complicated problems and discover effective solutions for society.

The Department is designed to provide students with an understanding of the application of basic biological science to solve environmental problems. The applied areas are focused on natural conservation and sustainable use of biological resources with the skills of biotechnology, nano-science and bioenergy as high technologies in the 21st century.

The Department provides undergraduate, Masters' and Ph.D. programs for advanced relevant education and research programs on development and conservation of biological resources as well as environmental rehabilitation from natural and human activities. We also aim to prepare students for professional careers in higher education.

Current research topics include areas of biological resources, sustainable environmental system, environmental biotechnology, biomaterial, environmental ecology, biomass, bioenergy, organic wastes/wastewater treatment and soil science, etc.


· Undergraduate Curriculum
Biological and Environmental Science, Organic Chemistry, Environmental Education, Natural Polymer Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Biological and Environmental Industry, Bio-Resources, Biomaterials Physics, Environmental Planning, Biological and Environmental Statistics, Climate Change, Endemic and Domestic Plants, Global Environmental and Biomaterials, Plant Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Bio-Science, Biomaterials Preservation Science, Environmental Microbiology, GIS, Plant Biochemistry, Soil Environmental Science, Atmospheric Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Environmental Silviculture, Ecological Engineering, Bioenergy, Water Quality


· Graduate Curriculums for Master's and Ph.D. Programs

- Special Topics on Sustainable Environmental System

- Special Topics on Environmental Biotechnology & Desertification

- Special Topics on Biomaterials Science

- Special Topics on Environmental Ecology

- Special Topics on Biomass & Bioenergy

- Special Topics on Environmental waste/wastewater treatment

- Special Topics on Environmental Soil Science

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Research Institutes

Institute of Yellow Dust & Combating Desertification

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Name Picture Major Final degree school E-mail
Hwa-Young Yoon 윤화영 Sustainable Environmental Systems Dongguk Univ.
Ho-Duck Kang 강호덕 Environmental Biotechnology
Desertification Prevention
Iowa State Univ.
Dae-Young Kim 김대영 Biotechnology Univ. of Tokyo
Choong-Hyeon Oh 오충현 Ecological engineering
Urban ecology
Univ. of Seoul
Kyu-Young Kang 강규영 Bioenergy engineering Dongguk Univ.
Si-Kyung Cho 조시경 Waste Environmental Science KAIST
Sang-Ryong Lee 이상룡 Soil physics chemistry North Carolina State Univ.
Gajanan Ghodake Nanomaterials Shivaji Univ.
Surendra Krushna Shinde 수렌드라 Material Science, Energy conversion and storage Shivaji Univ.
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Department of Life Science

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Life Science is a discipline that fosters the fundamental understandings of biological phenomena by exploring all kinds of living organisms, and applies the acquired knowledge to human life, with an ultimate goal of improving human welfare.

The Life Science major offers undergraduate and graduate training programs (MS and PhD) that provide an understanding of the living world as a part of natural sciences, and prepare students for professional careers in higher education, research, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, and environmental management. Our educational policy emphasizes fundamental concepts and principles underlying various life phenomena.

Current areas of research in our major cover from the basic to more advanced and applied biology, which include genetics, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, cellular, developmental, molecular, and structural biology. To extend our students international careers, we educate them to understand the major topics of life sciences in English. Recent research topics include "Genome stability and DNA homeostasis" related to various human diseases such as cancer and ageing. Most of the research projects carried out in our laboratories are in the interdisciplinary fields of Life Science.


· Undergraduate Curriculum
Environmental Biology, Taxonomy, Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Lab, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Plant Tissue Culture & Laboratory, Biological Experiments for Life Science 1, Animal Tissue Culture, Biological Experiments for Life Science 2, Plants and Society, Medical Biology, Molecular Biology, Animal Physiology & Lab., Bioinformatics, Junior Seminar (Biology Now), Immunology, Plant Physiology & Lab., Evolutionary Biology, Developmental biology, Biophysics, Neuroscience, Proteomics, Genomics, Life Science Mentoring Program, Data Analysis in Biology, Research and Thesis 1, Tumor Biology, Research and Thesis 2, Virology, Ecology


· Graduate Curriculums

- Masters' Program
Advanced Animal Physiology, Immunology, Advanced Microbiology, Advanced Molecular Biology, Advanced Ecology, Advanced Biochemistry, Seminar (I), Advanced Cell Biology, Advanced Botany, Advanced Genetics, Tissue Culture, Structural Biology, Embryology, Epigenetics, Advanced Plant Life Science, Mechanisms in Plant Development, Advanced Genomics, Advanced Virology, Nucleic Acid Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Environmental Biology

- Ph. D. Program
Protein Chemistry, Advanced Immunology, Microbial Physiology, Special Problems in Microbiology (I), Molecular Taxonomy, Molecular Immunology, Bioinformatics, Cytogenetics, Advanced Plant Physiology, Topics in Botany, Advanced Neuroscience, Cancer Biology, Gene Expression and Regulation, Topic in Genetics, Enzymology, Molecular Virology, Molecular Developmental Biology, Advanced Plant Biotechnology, Advanced Comparative Genomics, Advanced Plant Molecular Breeding, Special Problems in Environmental Biology, Methodology of Biological Research

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Name Picture Major Final degree school E-mail
Byung-Hyuk Kim 김병혁 Systems Neuroscience Seoul National Univ. 시스템 신경생물학
Sun-Jung Kim 김선정 Molecular Biology - Cancer Epigenetics & Brain Gene Expression KAIST
Manu Kumar Manu Plant Stress Physiology and Developmental genetics Sogang Univ.
Young-Rok Seo 서영록 Animal Physiology – Molecular Toxicology, Toxicogenomics, Carcinogenesis Korea Univ.
Tae-Gun Seo 서태근 Microbiology - Molecular Virology KAIST
Jung-Suk Sung 성정석 Immunology - Molecular Immunology & DNA Damage Repair Oregon State Univ.
Min-Ho Lee 이민호 Precision Medicine - Bioinformatics, Chemoinformatics, Drug discovery KAIST
Byung-Moo Lee 이병무 Genetics Texas A&M Univ.
Jae-Young Lee 이재영 Structural Bioinformatics Seoul National Univ.
Won-Hee Jang 장원희 Developmental Biology - Size Regulation, Mathematical Modeling, Nanotoxicity Rice Univ.
Sang-Min Jeong 정상민 Plant Genetics and Physiology - Molecular Marker Univ. of Wisconsin
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Department of Food Science and Biotechnology

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As the first Food Science and Technology major in the nation, the department was founded in 1961. The principal educational objective of the department of Food Science and Biotechnology is to cultivate talented people who can facilitate advances in the food industry and heighten the nation's competitive strength in the global scientific community. Our students will be trained as food scientists and engineers who have basic knowledge in chemistry, biology and engineering methodology that can be applied to a comprehensive understanding of the physicochemical properties of foods, processing and preservation of food materials, and biotechnology applications.

The undergraduate program focuses on both basic principles and key technologies necessary for food and bio-industry. The curriculum is, therefore, designed to provide the students with core courses such as food chemistry, food microbiology, food engineering, food processing, food preservation, food analysis, food biotechnology, and food safety. Organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology are also required to pursue major courses.


The department also offers masters' and doctoral degree programs. The graduate program is planned to stimulate students' creativity in academic coursework and research in both fundamental and applied fields of food science and technology. Our program will keep our students at the forefront of the field in their professional careers. The graduates of this program have a wide variety of employment opportunities in private food enterprises, research and educational institutions as well as government agencies.


· Undergraduate Curriculum

Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Biochemistry, Food Technology, Cereal Science and Technology, Food Engineering, Functional Foods, Fermentation Technology, Nutritional Chemistry, Food Chemical Analysis, Molecular Biology, Introduction to Food and Biotechnology, Introduction to Food Distribution and Marketing, Reaction Kinetics in Food Science, Food Product Development, Natural Food Material, Harmful Microorganisms in Foods, Food Storage, Food Hygiene, Nutritional Epidemiology


· Graduate Curriculums

Masters' Program

Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Biochemistry, Food Processing, Molecular Biology, Functional Food Ph. D. Program

- Special Topics on Food Chemistry.

- Special Topics on Food Microbiology

- Special Topics on Food Engineering.

- Special Topics on Biochemistry

- Special Topics on Food Process

- Special Topics on Functional Food

- Special Topics on Nutritional Epidemiology

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Research Institutes

· Institute of Lotus Functional Food and Ingredient


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· Buddhist Food Institute


Tel: +82-2-2260-3368


Name Picture Final degree school Major E-mail
Seung-Ju Lee 이승주 Food Engineering Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
Kwang-Won Hong 홍광원 Food Biochemistry Korea Univ.
Byoung-Seung Yoo 유병승 Food Processing Univ. of Rhode Island
Kwang-Geun Lee 이광근 Food Chemistry and Toxicology Univ. of California, Davis
Han-Seung Shin 신한승 Functional food development Michigan State Univ.
Seok-Seong Kang 강석성 Immunomodulation of Probiotic Effector Molecules, The Univ. of New South Wales
Na-Na Keum 금나나 Nutrition epidemiology Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health
Yoo-Heon Park Bhupendra Nutritional Biochemistry Korea Univ.
Bhupendra Mistry Bhupendra Biochemistry,
Medical chemistry and Applied chemistry
Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (India) -
Ganesh Dattatraya Saratale Ganesh Biochemistry Shivaji Univ.,
Seok-Hee Lee Ganesh Environmental toxicology Seoul National Univ.
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Department of Biomedical Engineering

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The field of Biomedical Engineering is advancing rapidly and producing important innovations that improve the quality of life. The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Dongguk University is committed to contribute to the research and education in Medical Nano Bio Technology (MNBT), Medical Bio Engineering (MBE), Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM).

We aim to educate students with specialized and practical knowledge for adaptation to the rapidly growing medical biotechnology fields and to train proper professional ethics and social responsibilities for better communication and cooperation between researchers. We also intend to educate students with fluent English skills to enable international research collaborations.

Tracks in Department of Biomedical Engineering

1) Medical Nano Bio Technology (MNBT): Disease diagnosis and drug development using nano/biotechnology. Development of a new NT/BT foundation technology.

2) Medical Bio Engineering (MBE): Medical diagnostic/therapeutic instrument development using cutting-edge biomedical electronic and mechanical technology.

3) Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM): Searching for an innovative novel biomedicine based on stem cell/tissue engineering technology. Development of tissue and organ implantation technology.


· Undergraduate Curriculum

Organic Chemistry, Introduction to Biotechnology, Industrial Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biomedical Instrumental Analysis, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Bioorganic Chemistry and Lab, Mathematical Program in Biomedical Engineering, Principle of Biomaterials & Experimentaion, Musculoskeletal & Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering,Bio-organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Introduction to Biomechanics and Modeling, Tissue Engineering, Biomedical Instrument for Diagnosis and Treatment, Rehabilitation Engineering, Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering, Human Cell Technology, GMP & Approval Process, Advanced Regenerative Medicine, Signals and Linear Systems, Protein Engineering, Bioindustry Engineering, Biomedical Laboratory, Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine & Experimentation, Circuits and Electronics for Biomedical Engineering, Cell engineering & experiments, Clinical Biomedical Engineering and Device Design Project(Capstone Design), Biochemistry and Lab,Research and Thesis Capstone Design, Biomedical Engineering Junior Seminar

· Graduate Curriculum

1) Masters' Program
Advanced Biochemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Nanotechnology for Bioengineering, Biomaterial Engineering, Medical Research Methodology, Clinical Chemistry, Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Special Issues in Protein Engineering, Bioinformatics, Wave and Biomaterials, Genetic Engineering, Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering, Natural Products Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis for Wave Biotechnology, Electromagnetism, Wave engineering, Wave signal transduction, Wave mechanics, Living Body Modeling, Medical electronic engineering, Rehabilitation engineering, Pharmacology, Rehabilitation Equipment, Biosignal Instrumentation, Biomechanics, Biomedical Image Processing, Human cell culture, Clinical approve of regerative medicine, Bioinstrumentation System Design, Biomedical Optics Lecture


>2) Ph. D. Program
Special Topics in Biochip Technology, Studies in Advanced Biologic Chemical Engineering, Special Topics in Protein Biochemistry, Special Topics in Fusion Medical Devices, Advanced Biomedical Polymer Materials, Advanced Biopolymer, Bioartificial Organs, Seminar of Regenerative Medicine, Advanced Molecular Biology, Special Topics in Wave Medicine, Advanced Biosignal Analysis, Biotechnology and Bioindustry, Special Topics in Tissue Engineering, Advanced Biomedical Programming, Advanced Stem Cell Biology 1, Advanced Neurobiology, Advanced Cell Biology, Advanced Cell Engineering, Medical Systems Design, Medical Software Design & Validation, Advanced Chemical Biology, Research Analysis of Medical Biotechnology, Advanced Electromagnetics, Nano-biotechnology Seminar, Special Topics in Biochemistry, Special Research in Microarray Technology, Special Research In Chemistry, Advanced Bio-colloidal Materials, Advanced Biochemistry for Wave Biotechnology, Special Topics in Immunology, Special Topics in Bioinorganic chemistry, Advanced Surface Physics for Biomaterials, Evaluation of Health Technology, Management of Biotecnology, Advanced Human Structure and Function, Medical Information System, Musculoskeletal tissue differentiation, Mechanism of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, Advanced industrialization of regenerative medicine , Advanced human cell engineering, Artificial tissue engineering, Semina of Biomedical materials

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Research Institutes

Dongguk University Research Institute of Bio-Medi Integration


Tel: +82-31-961-5618, Fax: +82-31-961-5621


Name Picture Final degree school Major E-mail
Sung-Min Kim 김성민 Medical Engineering Univ. of Iowa
Young-Eun Kwon 권영은 Biochemistry, Chemical Biology Univ. of Chicago
Jong-Seob Jeong 정종섭 Biomedical Engineering Univ. of Southern California
Soo-Hong Lee 이수홍 Stem Cell Engineering Hanyang Univ./
Young-Kwon Seo 서영권 Tissue Engineering Dongguk Univ. Tissue Engineering
Jin-Sik Kim 김진식 Electrical Engineering Korea Univ.
Seung-Hoon Yang 김진식 Immunological biochemistry Weizmann Institute of Sciecne, Israel, Biochemistry Department
Palem Ramasubba Reddy 팔렘 Biopolymers and bio-inspired materials for Biomedicine Yogi Vemana Univ.
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