Seong Joo Koo


College / University

Sogang University, Seoul

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Life Science



South Korea

Lab Experience

Assay development, Km and IC50 determination, site-directed mutagenesis, subcloning and cell culture

Projects / Research

  • 01/2006 – 07/2006: Finding the relationship between the structure and function of the HERG channel. Electrophysiology laboratory, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
  • 04/2005 – 08/2005: In vivoE. coli with GFP reporter strains. RNA Biology Group, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany
  • 10/2004 – 03/2005: Adapting several Tyrosine-Kinase assays for selectivity panel to the HTRF technology (Homogeneous Time Resolved FRET), AD and HTS. Schering AG, Berlin, Germany

Scholarships / Awards

2006 – 2007: Stipend International Max Planck Research School
2004 – 2005: International Research Internship Scholarship, Korea Science and Research Foundation (Korea Government)


I find the regulation of gene expression very interesting. It is amazing how many different levels of control are exerted to match gene expression with the physiological needs of the organism. A good example is the connection between requirements on the protein level, such as the heat shock response or the protein response, where transcription factors are liberated or activated in response to increased concentrations of unfolded proteins. Also intriguing is the integration of external signals that reach the cell in signal transduction pathways which converge on the level of gene expression. Through this program I want to develop not only my theoretical knowledge, but also gain experience in experimental application to better understand the mechanism of gene regulation.