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Department of Integrative Bioscience and Biotechnology

The Department of Integrative Bioscience and Biotechnology takes a comprehensive approach to basic life sciences, biotechnology, biochemistry, and nanotechnology to understand biological phenomena. The goal is to educate and train multidisciplinary students with a strong academic foundation and practical experience who can become experts in research and development.

“Similar to other areas of science and engineering, the importance of collaboration across medicine, chemistry, biology, and IT in research and development of new technologies is increasing, and the private sector also prefers multidisciplinary employees,” said Professor Joong-Hoon Ahn. “Students can no longer become experts in one area; those studying biology must understand chemistry and so do students of physics.”

The curriculum at the Department of Integrative Bioscience and Biotechnology prepares students to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to conduct research. For example, second-year students are required to participate in research labs of professors and fourth-year students will be carrying out research projects tied to the private sector so that they will become employable at graduation. The department is particularly well known for its faculty members; among eight of them, they share three awards for outstanding researchers and also three awards for best teachers given by Konkuk University each year.

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