[Prof. Lee Kang-seok, the director of the Research Center for Microbial Survival System]
It has been announced that faculty of the Department of Life Science, the College of Natural Sciences, Chung-Ang University (CAU) won a research project titled “Science Research Center (SRC) Initiative,” supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT). As such, CAU will be provided a total of KRW10.53 billion from the ministry and KRW730 million (including benefits in kind) from the private sector over the next seven years.
Prof. Lee Kang-seok serves as the director of the Research Center for Microbial Survival System, while Prof. Kang Hyun-ah, Prof. Jeon Che-ok, Prof. Hahn Yoon-soo, Prof. Kim Keun-pil, Prof. Seo Young-jin, Prof. Eyun Seong-il of the Department of Life Science, and Prof. Na Do-kyun of the School of Integrative Engineering also participate in research. Besides, Kyung Hee University, Seoul National University, Sogang University, Inha University, Yonsei University, and Hanyang University will take part in research as an outside participant. In order to not just pursue industry-university-research collaboration on microbial survival strategy, but industrialize related research findings, CAU’s research center decided to cooperate with business research institutes of both Macrogen Corporation and JM Corporation.
CAU’s Department of Life Science had won a large-scale national project, BK21 Plus Initiative for Producing Life Science-related Human Resources, and run the project well, and this experience will contribute to managing this collective task well. Prof. Lee Kang-seok has delivered outstanding research achievements, as witnessed through approximately 100 SCI-level research papers on microbial survival and RNA biology, published up to the present. As such, Prof. Lee has been grading up with eminent researchers at home and abroad.
The research center aims to identify a microbial survival mechanism from the perspective of a “system,” understand its regularity and irregularity, and ultimately develop a core technology for controlling and utilizing microbes. As a matter of fact, microbes have played a critical role in promoting material circulation on the planet Earth over the last 4 billion years and maintaining life phenomena of humans as well as the planet’s ecosystem. And accordingly, research on microbial survival system will lead to helping the scientific community to have a better understanding of not only a general survival strategy of various life forms ranging from bacteria to humans, but species-specific survival strategies in different environments. This will eventually result in finding a new core technology, necessary to control useful microbes and make good use of them.
If the research center successfully meets its goals based on personnel and physical support from the government, businesses, and supporting organizers, this will take the center to the next level and pave the way for becoming the world’s leading research institute in such area.