KU Newsletter (june 2016)
KU Holds Bio Symposium

On May 10, Konkuk University (KU) held the 2016 Bio Symposium at the New Millennium Hall as part of the celebration for its 70th anniversary. Renowned scholars in medicine and biology, including Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg, Dr. Peter Wright of the Scripps Research Institute, Professor Mario Amzel at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine, and Professor Fei Wen at the University of Michigan, attended the event as guest speakers.

Professor Kornberg, who also conducts joint research with the Global Lab at KU as a distinguished professor, spoke on the topic of chromatin and transcription. Dr. Wright delivered a presentation titled “The Role of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins in Cellular Signaling and Regulation.” On the other hand, Professor Amzel presented on “Activation of PI3Kα by Physiological Effectors and by Oncogenic Mutations.” KU’s Department of Biological Sciences and Johns Hopkins’ medical school has signed an MOU for joint research.

The guest speakers also held discussions on recent developments and the future of biological and pharmaceutical research with Professor Yangmee Kim of the Department of Systems Biotechnology, Professor Lin-Woo Kang of the Department of Biological Sciences, and Professor Jung Kul Lee of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Professor Yangmee Kim, who has plans for joint research with Dr. Wright, also delivered a presentation titled “Development of Antibiotics against Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria Using In-silico Screening and NMR Spectroscopy.”

KU Foundation Chairperson Kyung-hee Kim and KU President Heeyoung Song were also in attendance to thank the guest speakers for visiting from overseas and encourage researchers. They said that they hoped the symposium would facilitate KU’s research capacity. Dr. Choong Hwan Lee, the dean of the College of Bioscience & Biotechnology said, “I hope the symposium would promote collaboration among researchers in the field and serve as a stepping stone for KU to be at the center of biological research.”