B
iological Sciences is the study on the biology of human health and diseases. Our goal is to advance knowledge of biological sciences that involve scientific studies of living organisms and to apply research discoveries in ways that improve the quality of human life. We endeavor to fulfill our goal by quality education and thereby preparing the next generation leading biological scientists. Our globally competitive research environments for students and postdoctoral fellows are being increasingly enriched as our faculties participate in the development of new multidisciplinary research centers such as state-of-art animal research center, stem cell research center, UNIST-Olympus Bio Med Imaging center, and cancer research center, etc.

In addition, our collaborative research atmosphere has been creating innovative research programs with many scientists in different disciplines, which ensures our students and researchers cross the limit of their own disciplines and experiences, and will ultimately result in groundbreaking new discoveries.


Current areas of research in our track include as follows
  • Biomedical imaging: Creating and applying biomedical imaging method to characterize functional and structural information of biological objects related to human diseases. Research activities range from optical cell imaging to in-vivo MRI/PET imaging with ultimate aim of translating basic science research to advanced diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
  • Cancer biology: Unraveling molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying establishment, invasion, and metastasis of tumors and translational application to achieve improved cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Immunology: Study of the body’s defense against infection and immune related diseases including autoimmunity, cancer, allergy and transplantation. Knowledge obtained from Immunology can be further utilized in the development of vaccines and improved therapeutic approaches.
  • Medical Bioinformatics: Unraveling the structure of molecular networks through mathematical and statistical analyses of biological data. Especially, we are interested in identifying molecular markers associated with disease as well as their functional networks for the ultimate aim of personalized genomics.
  • Molecular cell biology: Studies on structural organization of cells and the molecular mechanisms of dynamic cellular processes such as gene expression, intracellular signaling, protein targeting, vesicle trafficking, cell-to-cell communication, and the molecular basis of related human diseases.
  • Stem cell biology: Understanding the unique characteristics of stem cell such as self-renewal and pluripotency, we focus on investigating the mechanism of cell differentiation from pluripotent stem cells such as ES cells or iPS cells into tissue specific cells and developing the clinically applicable cell therapy products to treat currently incurable diseases.
  • Structural Biology: Studies for the structural biology aims to understand biological processes at the levels of molecular mechanisms and three-dimensional structures. We employ a full range of modern tools including X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, bioinformatics, computer modeling and simulation, as well as the techniques of biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics.
  • Immunology: Study of the body's defense against pathogens and immune related diseases including inflammation, autoimmunity, cancer, allergy and transplantation. Knowledge obtained from Immunology can be further utilized in the development of vaccines and improved therapeutic approaches to many diseases involving disorders in the immune system.
  • Neuroscience: Neuroscience is a central component of modern biological sciences.
    We aim to understand the structures and functions of the key players, the interaction between the components, central principles that govern the network of nervous system, and to be able to apply this knowledge to solve noble problems.
  • Microbiology: Studying the interactions amongst microbes, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic, and their impacts on human health. We aim to understand the activities of pathogens and beneficial microbes, as well as their products, with the overarching goal of advancing human health and welfare.​