Saturday, July 6, 2013

KAIST professor co-publishes encyclopedia

From The Korea Times News
By Kwon Ji-youn

A professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has become one of the few Korean scientists to serve as editor-in-chief in the publication of an international science encyclopedia.

Cho Kwang-hyun, chair professor of systems biology and bio-inspired engineering at KAIST, took part in the compilation of the Encyclopedia of Systems Biology, along with three other scholars, KAIST announced Thursday.

“Because the project took five years to complete, I feel pleased to have finally had the encyclopedia published,” Cho said. “It is proof that systems biology has established itself as a field of scholarly study.”

The encyclopedia, which is rapidly becoming a new 21st century scholarly paradigm, is composed of four volumes and consists of some 3,000 pages.

A total of 28 staff editors and 291 scientists planned, participated in and published the five-year-long project under the directions of four editors-in-chief.

They are Werner Dubitzky, chair of bioinformatics at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland; Olaf Wolkenhauer, chair in systems biology and bioinformatics at the University of Rostock, Germany; Hiroki Yokota, professor of biomedical engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Cho.

Cho graduated from KAIST with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1993, and then received his master’s and doctoral degrees from KAIST in 1995 and 1998, respectively.

He began his professional career as a full-time lecturer at the University of Ulsan, and then served as adjunct and associate professor at Seoul National University.

In March 2010, Cho became a tenured professor in the Department of Bio and Brain Engineering at KAIST. He is currently chair professor of systems biology.

Systems biology is a combination of engineering and life sciences. Cho is a pioneer of studies regarding the application of system biology to IT.

His research is recognized as being innovative and novel.

Cho is especially acknowledged for his theses published in a journal called Science Signaling on research about the amalgamation of IT and BT.

The encyclopedia was published by New York’s Springer, an international science publisher.


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