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Invited Speakers

Ick Chan Kwon

Ick Chan Kwon, Ph.D.


Principal Research Scientist

Center for Theragnosis

Korea Institute of Science and Technology




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Ick Chan Kwon is a Tenured Principal Research Scientist at Biomedical Research Institute in Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). He is also a Professor of KU-KIST Graduate School in Korea University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in College of Engineering at Seoul National University in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He received his Ph. D. in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from University of Utah in 1993. After a post-doctoral training at Center for Controlled Chemical Delivery in University of Utah, he joined KIST in 1994. He served as a vice president (2005-2008) and president (2008-2010) of the Korean Society of Molecular Imaging and currently serves as an Editor for Asia of the Journal of Controlled Release (Elsevier). He is a fellow of The Korean Academy of Science & Technology and a member of The National Academy of Engineering of Korea. His main research interest is development of smart nano-probes for theragnosis and molecular imaging with polymeric nanoparticles. He received Samsung Polymer Science Award from The Polymer Society of Korea (2013) and Academy Award from The Korean Academy of Science and Technology (2014). He recently awarded Order of Science and Technology Merit (Ungbi Medal) from the Republic of Korea (2016). He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles (total citation 19,000, h-index 80 by Web of Science) and delivered 70 invited lectures at International Conferences.

Representative Publications

[1] Kyung Hyun Min, Hyun Su Min, Hong Jae Lee, Dong Jin Park, Ji Young Yhee, Kwangmeyung Kim, Ick Chan Kwon, Seo Young Jeong, Oscar F Silvestre, Xiaoyuan Chen,"pH-Controlled Gas-Generating Mineralized Nanoparticles: A Theranostic Agent for Ultrasound Imaging and Therapy of Cancers", ACS Nano, 9(1) 134-145 (2015)

[2] Beom Suk Lee, Yong Woo Cho, Gui Chul Kim, Do Hee Lee, Chang Jin Kim, Hee Seup Kil, Dae Yoon Chi, Youngro Byun, Soon Hong Yuk, Kwangmeyung Kim, "Induced Phenotype Targeted Therapy: Radiation-Induced Apoptosis-Targeted Chemotherapy", J Natl Cancer Inst, 107(2), dju403 (2015)

[3] Mihue Jang, Jong Hwan Kim, Hae Yun Nam, Ick Chan Kwon, Hyung Jun Ahn, "Design of a platform technology for systemic delivery of siRNA to tumours using rolling circle transcription", Nature Commun, 6, 7930 (2015)

[4] Man Kyu Shim, Hong Yeol Yoon, Ju Hee Ryu, Heebeom Koo, Sangmin Lee, Jae Hyung Park, Jong-Ho Kim, Seulki Lee, Martin G. Pomper, Ick Chan Kwon, and Kwangmeyung Kim, "Cathepsin B-Specific Metabolic Precursor for In Vivo Tumor-Specific Fluorescence Imaging",  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55(47), 14698–14703 (2016).

[5] Sung Duk Jo, Gi-Hoon Nam, Gijung Kwak, Yoosoo Yang, Ick Chan Kwon, "Harnessing designed nanoparticles: Current strategies and future perspectives in cancer immunotherapy", Nano Today, 17, 23-37,  (2017).

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