Aging Biology

How do we recognize our age and get aged toward the end of our life?

Aging Biology research group is exploring how cells, organs and organisms age throughout the course of their life, how the molecular changes regulated are and how do they interact to each other in a time-dependent manner, how molecular networks of aging, senescence and death program evolve, and to what extent environmental factors play a role. Various organisms under study include plants (Arabidopsis and rice) and animals (Mouse and C. elegans) with various aspects of aging.
The comparative studies of aging in various organisms, new conceptual views on aging, and new biology approaches such as genomics, phenomics, systems biology, computational biology, complex biology, and state-of the art imaging technologies are strong strategic advantages of our group.
The knowledge gained from these studies is applied to understand and improve human aging process. The knowledge in plant aging is applied to pursue increased crop productivity and reduced food wastes.

This specialization group is highly interdisciplinary, including not only the core faculty members in the Department of New biology but also researcher across campus such as the Nano-bio Research Division, Wellness Center, Department of Brain Science, Department of Information and Communication Engineering, and Center for Plant Aging Research, IBS. Our faculty members actively pursue international collaboration, for example with researcher in Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing. Our multidisciplinary and highly collaborative environment facilitates cutting-edge researches and broadens educational and career opportunities for our students.

Students gain advanced knowledge in diverse fields of aging biology and such as animal aging, plant aging, developmental biology, integrative biology, genetics, various omics such as genomics and phenomics, evolutionary biology, and systems and computational biology.
Students graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills with a highly integrative thinking for new biology approaches necessary to be global leaders in the area of new biology of aging. The curriculum is highly flexible for students from any background of science or engineering disciplines.

Hong Gil Nam
Pyung Ok Lim
June M. Kwak
Hye Ryun Woo