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New Content ItemJe Kyung Seong, DVM, Ph.D, is currently a professor of Lab of Developmental Biology and Genomics at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Seoul National University. He also serves as the Director of Korea Mouse Phenotyping Center (KMPC), funded by Ministry of Science and ICT in Korea.

Dr. Seong has been actively involved in several international committees and associations. He has joined the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International as an Ad Hoc Consultant since 2004 as well as has been elected to the AAALAC International’s Council on Accreditation in Pacific Rim in 2007. He has also worked as a General Secretary for Asian Mouse Mutagenesis Resource Association (AMMRA) since 2012 and has served on the steering committee of International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC). He is the Korean representative for Asian Federation of Laboratory Animal Science (AFLAS) and a chairman of working committee for an official Journal of AFLAS.

As a leading scholar in the fields of animal model generation and mouse genetics, Dr. Seong has authored 218 journal articles and several book chapters. He has published in several leading journals, including Nature Genetics, PNAS, Nature Communications, and Nature Cell Biology. He also serves on editorial boards including Mammalian Genome.

Dr. Seong has led KMPC, which is one of the largest nation-wide mouse phenotyping platforms in Korea, as a Director since 2014 and has comprehensively strived to opening pathways for a broader understanding of national and global mouse genetics. He on behalf of KMPC has also contributed to building and strengthening international collaboration with IMPC where KMPC is an institutional member.

Dr. Seong held an assistant professor at the Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine at the College of Medicine at Yonsei University in 1996. He joined the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Seoul National University in 2002 and received early tenure in 2004.

Dr. Seong earned a Ph.D in 1995 and MS in 1992 in Veterinary Embryology and Histology from Seoul National University, and a BS in 1990 from Seoul National University.

Associate Editors

Jinwoong Bok is a professor and chair of the Department of Anatomy at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. Jinwoong and his lab focus on understanding how our hearing works. Using genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models that mimic the hearing defects observed in humans, his laboratory investigates the developmental and pathological mechanisms that contribute to hearing function. His long-term goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of hearing biology and apply it to develop methods to prevent or restore hearing loss in humans.

Sungsoon Fang is a Professor at Severance Biomedical Science Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. Sungsoon and his laboratory focus on the mechanisms of how hormonal signaling pathways that control energy intake and expenditure maintain physiological homeostasis using animal system. His goal aims to identify pharmaceutical targets that reduce energy intake and/or increase energy expenditure to develop novel drug discovery for the treatment of chronic metabolic syndromes including obesity and diabetes.

In Koo Hwang is a professor at the Seoul National University College of Veterinary Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. In Koo and his laboratory focus on brain ischemia, metabolic diseases, and aging in relation to adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Morphological evidences in most biological studies are used to give the conceiving evidences to the research. In Koo has been Editor of Laboratory Animal Research since 2017.

Hyuk Wan Ko is an associate professor at the Dept. of Biochemistry, Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. His laboratory focus on unveiling the molecular mechanism of mammalian specific Hedgehog signaling and role of primary cilia in mouse development and disease. Using the mouse genetic model system, his goal aims to understand the molecular basis of primary cilia related Hedgehog signaling. He further pursues to reveal the pathogenesis of human genetic disorders, ciliopathies, which are caused by defects in cilia structure or function.

Daekee Lee has long experience in the development of transgenic mice and genetically targeted mice, and has been trained in mouse genetics. A study on the effect of the EGFR signaling system on cell proliferation and death was conducted using a colon cancer model, and new genes related to metastasis and their functions are being studied at the cell and mouse level.

Ho Lee is a professor and chair at the Department of Cancer Biomedical Science, Graduate School of Cancer Science and Policy, National Cancer Center, South Korea. Ho Lee has a Ph.D in Biochemistry at the Seoul National University and has performed post-doctoral research in Mouse Genetics at the KAIST (Daejeon, Korea).

Ho Lee and his laboratory focus on in vivo functional analysis of tumor-related genes using mouse models such as Kras lung and pancreatic, MMTV-Her2 breast, and APC colon cancer models. Based on the integrated approach with molecular biology, genetics, and oncology, his research aims to understand in vivo function of tumor-related genes and validate them as anti-cancer drug targets.

He and his laboratory are also involved in drug development process. Using mouse models as a preclinical platform, they uncovered the mechanism of action (MoA) and performed proof of concept (PoC) studies of drug candidates.

Joo Young Lee is a professor at College of Pharmacy, the Catholic University of Korea in South Korea. Joo Young and her laboratory focus on the regulation of immune system and the toxicological action of chemicals in the development of chronic diseases including metabolic diseases, atopic dermatitis, and cancer. With both cell system-based technology and animal disease models, the research goals are to elucidate the biological mechanism of host defense against toxic chemicals, invading pathogens, and danger signals and to provide effective strategies to prevent the development of chronic diseases. Joo Young has published over 100 international papers and served as editorial board members of reputed journals.  

Man-Seong Park is a professor at the Department of Microbiology, and a director of the Biosafety Center, Korea University School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Park got a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Korea University and has performed post-doctoral research in Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. He has researched on molecular virology, vaccine and anti-viral drug development of negative-strand RNA viruses including influenza virus, MERS-CoV, Zika virus, Newcastle disease virus, dengue virus, and Hantavirus. He has been the Managing Editor of PLoS One since 2009.

Sang Sun Yoon is a professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea.

Sang Sun and his lab members are interested in infection biology, focusing on bacterial pathogenesis and host-microbe interaction. Lately, his lab also became interested in elucidating effects of microbiome on human biology. Sang Sun characterized several commensal microbes with potential to cure diverse human diseases and microbiome-derived genes that lead to the production of useful metabolites. Sang Sun has published over 60 papers and served as editors in many journals.

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