Chemical Biology / Biomaterials division in UNIST Chemistry consists of three faculty members whose research interests range from synthetic organic chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry to proteomics, supramolecular chemistry, membrane protein biophysical chemistry, and single-molecule spectroscopies. We seek to address important questions in life science and medicine by using chemistry and physics as great tools in modern bioscience.
Specifically, Ryu Lab studies on synthesis of novel biopolymer materials usefully applied in drug delivery, bioimaging, and cancer therapy. Kee Lab seeks to understand complex biological systems at molecular level using novel tools of synthetic organic chemistry and chemical biology. Min Lab studies on the folding/function of membrane proteins, the largest class of drug targets, using single-molecule force and fluorescence methods.
The Chemistry Department is well equipped for cutting-edge research in chemical biology and biomaterial chemistry. Our instruments include HPLCs, FPLCs, and various types of spectrometers and analytical apparatuses, as well as the cell culture facility and a cold room. In addition, UNIST Central Research Facilities (UCRF) provide numerous state-of-the-art equipment such as NMR, LC-MS, MALDI-TOF MS, Orbitrap-MS, confocal microscope, super-resolution microscope, and SEM/TEM. Single-molecule spectroscopy apparatuses are also available. With these chemical/physical methods and others, we hope to map the parts of yet unknown world of biological science.