Professor Jong Bhak | Director Genome Korea in Ulsan
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Professor Jong Bhak, Director Genome Korea in Ulsan, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Jong Bhak, Ph.D.

Present Affiliation/Employer: UNIST (Ulsan National Inst. of Sci. & Tech)

Personal Genomics InstituteGenome Research Foundation


Contact Info :
Korean: 박종화,
Chinese: 朴鍾和


1986 ~ 1987: Vet. Medicine. Seoul National University, Korea.


1988 ~ 1990: compulsary military service.


1990. 9 ~ 1994. 7: Aberdeen University, UK Biochemistry BSc. Honours, 1st Class. 
1994. 10 ~ 1997. 7: MRC centre, Center for Protein Engineering, Cambridge, UK. Bioinformatics Ph.D. with Tim Hubbard & Cyrus Chothia Ph.D. 
Thesis : Genome sequence analysis and methods.

Ph.D. supervisers: Tim Hubbard (Sanger Inst.) & Cyrus Chothia (MRC-LMB)

Employment and career experience 
1997. 8 ~ 1997.12 : MRC centre, Cambridge, UK. Bioinformatics Postdoc with Cyrus Chothia

1998. 1 ~1999. 4 : Harvard Medical School, Genetics dept, 
George Church Lab. Research Fellow, Postdoc

1999. 4 ~2001. 12 : EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) Research Fellow, 
Postdoc. With Dr. Liisa Holm

2001. 1 ~ 2003. 4 : MRC-DUNN, Cambridge, UK, Group Leader (Faculty)

2003. 4 ~ 2005. 3 : Biosystems Dept. KAIST, Korea Associate Professor (Faculty)

2005. 3 ~ 2009. 9: KOBIC (Korean Bioinformation Center), KRIBB, Daejeon, Korea (Director) 
2009. 9 ~ present : Theragen BiO Institute (TBI), TheragenEtex. Director.

2010. 4 ~ present : Personal Genomics Institute(PGI), Genome Research Foundation, Director.

2012. 1 ~ 2014.01 : Adj. Professor, Seoul National University, NanoScience dept. South Korea.

2014.06 ~ present : Professor at Biomedical Engineering, UNIST, South Korea

General Research Interests 
Life time research interest: Aging,  Bioinformatics,  Genomics, and Omics

Genomics: the frst Korean genome sequence analysis. 
Pathogen-host interaction analysis at genomic/proteomic scale. 
This work is on a large-scale pathogenic interaction studies using protein-protein interaction information. 
Structural Interactomics (the whole biomolecular structural interaction network construction and analysis. Mainly proteins and their ligands). This is a high resolution structural analysis of interactome. It defines precisely the structural patterns and topologies of protein and chemical domains using computer algorithms developed by us. (Park, et al., 2001, JMB). (Http:// 
Protein Chemical (ligand) Interaction. I have been interested in the interaction between proteins and their ligands. No publishable or significant research results are available yet. However, I am quite interested in this topic and am currently negotiating a collaboration and grant with a research institute (symposium presentation: annual Korean Biochemistry society meeting, 2002. RNA and DNA binding proteins domains) 
SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) and SAP (small number amino acid polymorphism) analysis. 
BioInfra (Construction of Bioinformatic infrastructure for large scale industrial biotechnology applications) 
Molecular Anthropology. I have been interested in analyzing ancient DNA to track the origins and migrations of ethnic groups.

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