Bone Regeneration Enhanced by Use of Mussel Adhesive Proteins (2012.4.25)
The research team of Professor Hyung Joon Cha (CE), Prof. Dong-Woo Cho (ME), and Prof. Rhie, Jong Won (The Catholic University of Korea) succeeded in developing functional three-dimensional scaffolds that enhance regeneration of bone tissue. Using mussel adhesive proteins, it is safe for the human body. It is also proven to be remarkable in adhesion and coating. This research was published in the Apr. 2 online version of Acta Biomaterialia, a renowned academic journal in the field of body materials.The research team affixed the stem cell on the surface of the polymer using the mussel-extracted..
Micro-oscillators to Detect Cancer in Early Stages Invented (2012.5.10)
Professor Sangmin Jeon (CE) and Jinmyoung Joo (Post Doc.) have developed the technology that diagnoses cancer by using micro-oscillators made of photo- catalytic silicon and nanoparticle on the inside and magnetic material on the outside. This technology, published on ACS Nano, attracted academic attention because it could be applied to cancer diagnosis at once as well as early detection, which is crucial in cancer treatment.When patients suffer from cancer, the concentration of specialized proteins in blood and other body fluids increases. This technology uses the concentration of the protein..
Development of Bio-binding Agent for Immunosensors with Mussel Extracts (2011.9.15)
Professor HyungJoon Cha of the Department of Chemical Engineering has devised a new technique which combines Mussel Adhesive Protein (MAP) and antibody-binding protein to pin down an antibody on diverse surfaces coated with a new linker protein (BC-MAP).BC-MAP is a linker material to immobilize y-shaped antibodies onto immunosensors such as a pregnancy test which examines for infection by antigen-antibody reaction. In order to work properly, antibodies are supposed to be exactly immobilized onto surfaces.Previously, antibody-binding protein did not immobilize an antibody depending on the surfa..
Development of Nanofibers from Mussel Adhesive Protein and Silk from Sea Anemone (2011.11.8)
POSTECH researchers have found a way to tightly fix bio materials by using mussel adhesive proteins (MAPS).Professor HyungJoon Cha of the Department of Chemical Engineering had developed sticky nanofibrous scaffold based on MAPS, which can be functionalized with diverse types of biomolecules. The paper supported by “Marine Bioengineering Technology Project” under the Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs appeared in the Angewandte Chemie International Edition published online on Oct. 19.Nanofibers are a promising tool for tissue engineering applications, and various stu..
Glaucoma Diagnosis Possible via PC (2011.12.21)
Baekhee Lee (IME Ph.D. candidate) and Jihyoung Lee (IME M.S. candidate) of the Ergonomic Design Technology Lab (advisor Professor Heecheon You) invented the “PC based glaucoma detector,” which can be easily installed on a PC to test one’s sight and development of glaucoma.The detachable, newly developed equipment effectively induces eye movements and allows for a self-vision test. The result is further used to analyze the progress of optic nerve damage, therefore the diagnosis of glaucoma.Glaucoma is an eye disorder in which the optic nerve is damaged, permanently impairing v..
Who’s the Next M.I.T.?
* Link : http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/04/world/asia/whos-the-next-mit.html?_r=1Who’s the Next M.I.T.? By JOYCE LAUHONG KONG — There is one element that links the schools that top university rankings: They tend to be old.Last week, two new rating systems — from Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings — looked exclusively at schools less than 50 years old for the first time.Fifty may be middle age in some circles, but is positively adolescent for a university. Times Higher Education claims that its list “provides a unique insight into who the futur..
* Link : http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120531000840&cpv=0South Korea’s Pohang University of Science & Technology, also known as POSTECH, has topped the rankings of the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old.The Times Higher Education, a weekly British magazine based in London, published on Thursday the list that features institutions from 30 countries.POSTECH, which was founded in 1986, headed the list with a total of 71.8 points, followed by Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne with 66.2 points.The Hong Kong University of Sci..
Lee vows support for basic science research
* Link : http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120517001024President Lee Myung-bak vowed Thursday to provide policy support to develop the country’s basic science research.“We have so far copied and followed advanced technologies,” Lee said in an international symposium celebrating the opening of the Institute for Basic Science in Daejeon, some 150 kilometers south of Seoul.“In order to make it into the advanced, top-class nations, we have to make a history of creation based on basic science and fundamental technologies,” he added, noting that ..