His research focuses on development of lab-on-a-chip and microfluidic systems with integrated electrical components that enables unique biological experiments at high-throughput and high accuracy that can then be readily adoptable by the broad bio/medical scientific community. He has laid the groundwork for microphysiological systems that mimics in vivo physiological responses in vitro. These microsystems are accelerating research and development in the area of developmental neurobiology (Brain-on-a-Chip), and infectious disease. He has also developed several high-throughput single-cell assay microfluidic systems especially those involved in infectious disease and involved in microbial biofuel generation. Since 2008, he has been intensively working on Brain-on-a-Chip project and developed series of noble in vitro microfluidic platforms for revealing neural development mechanism and tools for screening potential drugs/treatments that can facilitate injured axon regeneration. The project had great impact on neuroscience society and he is currently collaborating with many neuroscientists in the world (e.g., Hong Kong, China, Korea, and USA). For the past five years, he has also been carrying out “Microalgae Lab-on-Chip Photobioreactor Platform for Genetic Screening and Metabolic Analysis Leading to Scalable Biofuel Production” and “Development of Prototype Pathogen Detection Lab-On-a-Chip (PADLOC) Systems for Real-time On-field Plant Disease Diagnostics”.
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA (2005 – 2011)
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Korea (1997 – 2004)
2016 – Present Assistant Professor (P.I.), Department of Biomedical Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
2015 – Present Assistant Professor (P.I.), Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
2012 – 2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University
Microphysiological Systems for Neuroscience Applications (Brain-on-a-Chip)
Lab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics
Microbes as Biorefinery for Bioenergy
High-throughput Screening Platform
1stPlace, Texas A&M Institute of Neuroscience Symposium Poster Competition (Apr. 2014).
Texas A&M University, Faculty of Neuroscience Travel Award (Nov. 2011)
Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society, MicroTAS 2011Travel Grant (Oct. 2011)
Texas A&M University, Graduate student Research and Presentation Grant (Nov. 2008)
Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society, MicroTAS 2008 Travel Grant (Oct. 2008)
Microfluidic and Compartmentalized Platforms for Neurobiological Research – Chapter 9: Multi-compartment Neuron-Glia Co-culture Microsystem. Springer Science & Business Media, Neuromethods, Vol. 103, pp. 149-159 (2015).
Axon Growth and Regeneration – Chapter 7: Axon Length Quantification Microfluidic Culture Platform for Growth and Regeneration Study. Springer Science & Business Media, Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol. 1162, pp. 85-95 (2014).