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The Bio-Analytical Scientist, “More Park Ji-sung Than Messi”

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The Bio-Analytical Scientist, “More Park Ji-sung Than Messi”

UST-Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI) Campus

In recent years, the field of life sciences research has become a battleground of technology. Advanced equipment for observation at the molecular and atomic level, as well as analytical technologies for the rapid collection and processing of biological data in large volumes play a decisive role.

The Bio-Analytical Science major at the UST-Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI) Campus is where one can get systematic training on advanced biological analysis technology and use state of the art equipment. High end research equipment on the global scale is used in practical training and learning, a trademark of the UST education program. The 7 Tesla MRI is an example of such a device, used in professor Lee Chul-hyun’s research.

“The Bio-analytical Scientist is a Transdisciplinary All-Rounder”

Students in Professor Lee’s team can observe the development of new analytical methods and research utilizing the 7 Tesla MRI scanner, of which only three machines exist in Korea. Such hands-on experience and knowledge would be very hard to come by at any other institution, and is part of what sets the UST-KBSI Campus apart.

The Korea Basic Science Institute holds the nation’s most advanced research equipment, as the backbone of its competitiveness in science and technology. It is where cutting edge research in biotechnology, nanotechnology and environmental technology is conducted, using large scale national research equipment such as a high voltage electron microscope, next generation magnetic resonance spectrometer, and high-resolution secondary ionization mass spectrometer.

“The aim of this major is to train expert bio-analytical scientists using state of the art equipment and the latest analytical methods,” notes Professor Lee Chul-hyun. He goes on to say that “given the broad scope of the field covering both the natural sciences and engineering, it needs interdisciplinary all-rounders like Park Ji-sung, who can play their part for the team anywhere in the field, rather than star strikers like Messi.

A Quality More Important than Technology or Knowledge?

Professor Lee explains bio-analytical science using the analogy of railroad technology, characterized by the importance of transdisciplinary convergence.

“Railroad technologies have a history of over 200 years, starting from Stephenson’s steam locomotive. However, the birth of high speed rail like the KTX required a whole new world of technologies. Everything had to be new, from the tracks to the method of operation. The same goes for bio-analytical science. In order to use the latest equipment, you need to conduct research and develop new analytical methods for its effective utilization.”

This is why professor Lee has this piece of advice for future bio-analytical scientist: “Good bio-analytical scientists must work hard to broaden their horizons. It is a field where one’s attitude towards science is more important than even technology and knowledge.”

“Given the need for transdisciplinary interests and convergent thinking, it is not only important to think about what you’re learning, but also why you’re learning it. If you can draw from a wide variety of knowledge and experience to build your own world in the field of science, you already have the right aptitude to become a great bio-analytical scientist.”