People

Branch Director

Orlando D. Schärer

E-mail: orlando.scharer@ibs.re.kr

Distinguished Professor, UNIST; Associate Director, IBS Center for Genomic Integrity

Before joining UNIST and IBS in 2017, I held positions at Stony Brook University, NY, USA (2005-2016) and the University of Zürich (1999-2005). I did postdoctoral studies at Erasmus University, Netherlands (Advisors: Profs. Roland Kanaar and Jan Hoeijmakers), have a PhD from Harvard University, USA (Advisor: Prof. Gregory L. Verdine) and a M.Sc. from the ETH Zürich, Switzerland (Advisor: Prof. Duilio Arigoni). For many years, my research interests have centered around the chemistry and biology of DNA damage and repair and cancer therapy.

CVGoogle Scholar PageLinkedIn Page

Section Heads

Jung Eun Yeo

Email: jyeo@ibs.re.kr

Section head, IBS Center for Genomic Integrity

I received both B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Organic Chemistry at Myungji University, South Korea (Advisor: Prof. Sangho Koo, 2002-2004). I obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Stony Brook University, NY, USA (Advisor: Prof. Orlando D. Schärer, 2005-2011). I did my postdoctoral studies at University of Minnesota, Twin City, USA (Advisors: Profs. Natalia Tretyakova and Alexandra Sobeck). My primary research interest is in the area of DNA damage repair , particularly the Nucleotide Excision Repair and Fanconi Anemia pathways.

CV

Kei-ichi Takata

Email: ktakata@ibs.re.kr

Section head, IBS Center for Genomic Integrity

Postdoctoral Researchers

Hyun Suk Kim

Email: hyunsuk.kim@ibs.re.kr

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IBS Center for Genomic Integrity

I received my B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences at Inje University, South Korea (Advisor: Prof. Chong-Rak Kim). I did postdoctoral studies at Indiana University (Advisor: Prof. Suk-Hee Lee) and University of Florida (Advisor: Prof. Robert Hromas), USA. I started to study DNA repair during postdoctoral studies, my research interest is in the analyses of the molecular mechanisms that regulate DNA replication and its repair in response to DNA damage in humans.

Young Kun Cheun

Email: young.cheun@ibs.re.kr

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IBS Center for Genomic Integrity

I received both B.S. in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. I am interested in synthesizing biologically relevant DNA interstrand crosslink substrates and use them to better understand the mechanism of DNA interstrand crosslink repair. I also enjoy reading history books, listening to classical music, and playing soccer.

CV | LinkedIn Profile

Jirawas Sornkom

Email: j.sornkom@ibs.re.kr

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IBS Center for Genomic Integrity

I received my M.Sc in Biomedical science from Utrecht University, the Netherlands and Ph.D. in Oncology from University of Melbourne, Australia (PI: Prof. Ross D. Hannan). Before joining Schärer’s lab at CGI-IBS, I was working as a research officer in Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. My research interest is related to how cancer cells respond to DNA damages induced by chemotherapy and how we can improve the outcome of cancer patients by advancing our understanding in DNA repair processes. I enjoy baking and painting in my free time.

LinkedIn Profile

Arnold Groehler

Email: groehler@ibs.re.kr

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IBS Center for Genomic Integrity

I received my B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and my Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Minnesota (PI: Prof. Natalia Tretyakova). I am currently investigating protein-protein interactions between XPC and other NER proteins, and developing methods to detect cisplatin-induced DNA cross-links. I also enjoy learning korean and watching anime in my free time.

CV | LinkedIn Profile

Researchers

Minyong Kee

Email: mykee@ibs.re.kr

Researcher, IBS Center for Genomic Integrity

I received both B.S. in Chemistry (1996-2000) and M.S. in Organic Chemistry at Myongji University, South Korea (Advisor: Prof. Sangho Koo, 2000-2002). After the graduation, I worked at several chemical companies. In the Schärer laboratory, I am the chemistry lab manager and focus on synthesizing site-specifically modified oligonucleotides, including dG-AAF (N-(deoxyguanosin-8-yl)-2-acetylaminofluorene).

Jihyeon Yang

Email: yjh6516@ibs.re.kr

Researcher, IBS Center for Genomic Integrity

I received both B.S. and M.S. in Food Nutrition at Ulsan University, South Korea (Advisor: Prof. Rina Yu, 2011-2017). I studied obesity and metabolic disease for my master's thesis. I am doing research in the area of DNA repair for the first time, and find it very interesting. I also enjoy travel.

Graduate Students

Yerkin Dunbayev

Email: yerkindunbayev@unist.ac.kr

Graduate student, UNIST

I come from Kazakhstan, and I have recently graduated from UNIST with B.S. in Chemical Engineering/Biological Sciences. Currently, I am looking into the mechanisms of NER, in particular the interactions between XPA, a proposed scaffold protein, and several NER proteins, including the TFIIH complex. I enjoy playing video games and jogging.

Buyoung Jung

Email: jungby0127@unist.ac.kr

Graduate student, UNIST

Hello! I am an undergraduate student at UNIST and a senior. My major is Biological Sciences and my minor is Biomedical Engineering. I am interested in how NER repair proteins interact with each other to counteract DNA damage .

Undergraduates

Mihyun Kim

Email: gkh03040@unist.ac.kr

Undergraduate student, UNIST

I am an undergraduate student at UNIST. I am a junior and 22 years old. My major is Biological Sciences, my minor is Chemistry. I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, and traveling.

Anuar Makhmut

Email: line_zh@unist.ac.kr

Undergraduate student, UNIST

I am a senior undergraduate student majoring in chemistry with special emphasis on biochemistry. I am working on the synthesis of interstrand crosslink (ICL) containing DNA oligonucleotides which are used in revealing mechanisms of ICL repair. I enjoy reading novels, play guitar and swim in my free time.

Summer Interns

Alumni

Michelle Tello

Intern, UNIST

Gian Jaeger

Intern

My name is Gian Jaeger and I am a tenth grader from Zürich Switzerland. I came to UNIST for four weeks to do my personal development month (PDM). During my stay I will grow several plasmids, use these to perform PCR and further develop my understanding of genetic modification by working in the lab.

Kai Schärer

Intern

My name is Kai Schärer. I attend the Inter Community School in Zürich, Switzerland. I am from Switzerland and the United States. I am at UNIST for four weeks for my school personal development month project. I will be working on introducing genes into plasmids and expressing them.

Chan Woo Kim

Intern, POSTECH