Kwang-Hyun Cho

Professor Kwang-Hyun Cho received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1993 (summa cum laude), 1995, and 1998, respectively. From March 1999 to August 2004, he was a Lecturer and an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ulsan, Korea. From September 2004 to August 2007, he was an Associate Professor at the College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea and held a joint position at the Bio-MAX Institute, Seoul National University, Korea as a Director of the Systems Biology Laboratory. Since 2007, he has been a tenured full Professor in the Department of Bio and Brain Engineering at the KAIST and a director of the Laboratory for Systems Biology and Bio-Inspired Engineering ( In May 2011, he got an honor to become a KAIST Chair Professor. He has been an invited visiting professor at various institutions including the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, U.K. (2002-2003), Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (2004), Hamilton Institute, Ireland (2004), University of Oxford, U.K. (2008), University of Glasgow, U.K. (2009), University of California, Irvine, USA (2011-2012), Systems Biology Ireland, UCD, Ireland (2012), and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China (2014). He has given numerous plenary/keynote talks at various international conferences on systems biology including ICSB2008 held in Gothenburg, Sweden. He co-founded Systems Biology in 2004 as an Editor-in-Chief, which is the world-first international journal in systems biology launched by IEE (changed to IET in 2007) in London. He is also an Editor or Editorial Board Member of Systems and Synthetic Biology (Springer, Netherlands), BMC Systems Biology (BMC, London, U.K.), Gene Regulation and Systems Biology (Libertas Academica, New Zealand), Bulletin of Mathematical Biology (Springer, New York), Mathematical Biosciences (Elsevier, Netherlands), Journal of Coupled Systems and Multiscale Dynamics (American Scientific Publishers, CA, USA), and Molecular BioSystems (The Royal Society of Chemistry, U.K.). He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of IET Systems Biology (IET, London, U.K.) and Encyclopedia of Systems Biology (Springer, New York), and a Senior Member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). He was the recipient of the Honor Prize by the Korean Minister of Science and Technology in 1993, the Excellent Academic Activity Award from ICASE in 2002, the Best Paper Award for a Young Scientist from ICASE in 2003, the Award for Excellent SCI Papers in 2005 from Seoul National University Hospital, the IEEE/IEEK Joint Award for Young IT Engineer in 2008, the Excellent Professor Award of 2008 from the College of Life Science and Bioengineering in KAIST, the Technology Innovation Award from KAIST in 2009, the International Activity Award from KAIST in 2010, the Young Scientist Award from the President of Korea in 2010, the Walton Fellow Award from Science Foundation of Ireland in 2012, and the Award for a Scientist of the Month from the Korean Minister of Science, ICT & Future Planning in 2015. His research interests cover the areas of systems science with bio-medical applications including systems biology and bio-inspired engineering based on molecular biology. The focus has been on applications in biotechnology and bio-medical sciences, in particular, a system-level analysis of cellular signal transduction networks, unraveling hidden cellular dynamics, investigations into the evolution and wiring/re-wiring of molecular and cellular interaction networks, control of complex networks, network medicine, computational chemotherapy, and development of new kinds of engineering systems inspired from molecular biology. His innovative contribution to systems biology and bio-inspired engineering by combining an engineering approach with cell & molecular experimentation has led to over 170 high-profile international journal publications.