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Brain and Cognitive Sciences

  • Brain and Cognitive Sciences

General Introduction

Brain and Cognitive Sciences is a study of the fundamental principles on brain structure and function, combining neurobiology and cognitive sciences. Various disciplines are well-combined to study specific aspects and functions of how brain works. The department aims to identify causative factor of various brain diseases and aging, eventually pursuing further improvement of technology to treat disease for humanity.

Educational Objectives

Integrity: responsibility and honesty in conducting research activities

Collegiality: scientific interactions and communications

Collective Wisdom: knowledge sharing for the pursuit of truth

Social Responsibility: accountability of science to society

Translation: conduct of research for clinical and practical application

Partnership: partnership between faculty and students

Research Fields


  • Understanding neural system mechanisms in relation to obesity, hypertension, diabetes and other various metabolic diseases for its prevention and treatment
  • Early diagnosis technology for neurometabolic diseases like neurodegenerative brain disorders through a single molecule/cell level investigation
  • Applied research on neurometabolic disease prevention and therapeutics using metabolome analysis, stem cell/gene therapy and calcium channels
  • Basic research on molecular mechanisms underlying the comorbidity between metabolic disease and neurological disorders

Sensory System

  • Understanding sensory transmission mechanisms including chemical senses (olfaction, pheromone, and taste) and vision
  • Basic research on structure and functions of the sensory system for brain mapping
  • Development of neuro-protective material and biomimetic sensory technology using chemical sensory system


  • Understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuro-degeneration and programmed cell death of neural stem cells
  • Development of novel disease prediction and diagnosis technologies through the convergence research across BT and IT
  • Research on basic principles of central nervous system through system-level approaches on neurodevelopment, differentiation and neurodegeneration

Theoretical and Computational Biophysics

  • Atom-level identification of protein structure and function based on statistical physics and computational physics
  • Discovering fundamental physicochemical principle of the bio-neuro-brain system
  • Supercomputing modelling of protein structure
  • Protein-protein, protein-DNA interaction
  • Effect of ultra-cellular pH on protein structure and function
  • Membrane protein, receptor protein and signal communication across cell membrane
  • Protein aggregation mechanism and neuro-degenerative proteins
  • Supercomputing analysis of big data and complex network phenomena of bio-neuro-brain system

Collaborative Research Center

Neurometabolomics Research Center

  • The center aims at developing diagnosis and treatment for metabolism-related neurological disorders by identifying new regulation targets in neurons and tissues using neurometabolomics approach. An increasing prevalence of metabolic disorders - obesity, diabetes, senile dementia, and etc. - brings huge medical and social burden to not only the patients and their families but also the entire society worldwide. Development of convergence technology based on neurometabolomics research and nurturing the professional experts will provide an insight on the development of new treatments and diagnosis tools for those serious human diseases.

Convergence Research Center for Olfaction

  • Research focuses of the center are to understand olfactory system for development of olfaction based well-being technologies. The center also aims to achieve practical applications in the olfaction-related technology industries.
Department ChairChe-Il MoonLocationRm. 314, E4 Bldg.