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Molecular Biomedicine Lab.

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Welcome to the Molecular Biomedicine Laboratory.

The paradigm of regenerative medicine was thoroughly changed when induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) were first derived by Shinaya Yamanaka. Importantly, iPS can be used as a source for patient-specific cell therapies. In addition, the ethical concerns and the limitations associated with embryonic stem cell (ESC), namely immune rejection, could also be overcome.
Direct conversion is another innovative technique. Because it doesn’t need iPS intermediate state to make patients specific stem cells, it can rule out the possibility of tumorigenecity .
Our research is based on an understanding of the mechanism of iPS reprogramming, direct conversion and the generation of patient-specific stem cells for future cell therapy. The aim is to develop innovative cell therapeutic methods for clinical applications and possible solutions for degenerative and currently incurable disease. In addition, iPS cells and direct conversion can also be used for innovative techniques of drug screening and toxicity tests. Therefore, the therapeutic potential of iPS cell and direct converted cells are very promising.
Moreover, we are collaborating with the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine (MPI-MBM) located in Muenster, Germany. This collaboration will creat synergic effects that will be mutually beneficial. Continuously seeking new areas of collaboration, we will reach out to become a world-class stem cell research group.




.김정범(Jeong Beom Kim) 

http://hsscrc.unist.ac.kr/userfiles/images/jbkim2.jpg - School : School of Life Sciences, UNIST

 - Title : Associate Professor

 - Address : 44919 100 Banyeon-ri, Eonyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan

 - Phone : 052)217-5201

 - Fax : 052)217-5269

 - E-mail : [email protected]












Research interest
  • Reprogramming mechanisms of iPS cells
  • Derivation of adult stem cells from human iPS
  • Patient-specific iPS cell generation
  • Direct reprogramming of patient-derived somatic cells
  • Preclinical applications of iPS cells

Education and Training
  • 2009 Ph.D. Biology, Muenster University, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine,Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Germany
  • 2004 M.S. Medical Science (Cancer Biology), onsei University College of Medicine
  • 2001 B.S. Biology, Dongguk University

Work Experience
  • 2017-Present CEO, SuPine Therapeutics Co., Ltd
  • 2012-2016 Group leader, Max Plank Partner Group-MBL
  • 2010-Present Director, Hans Schöler Stem Cell Research Center
  • 2010-Present Associate Professor, UNIST

Awards and Patents
  • 2019 Global Biotech Startup Net-workshop, Top 3 Attractive Startup
  • 2018 Award of HYUNDAI Heavy Industries
  • 2017 Award of the Minister of Small and Medium Business Administration
  • 2017 Young- Korean Academy of Science and Technology (Y-KAST), KAST
  • 2013 Hanrim Leading Scientist Award, KAST
  • 2011 “The leaders of Korea after 10 years”, Dong-A News paper (National)
  • 2010 “The leaders of Korea after 10 years”, Dong-A News paper (National)
  • 2010 Otto-Hahn Award (Max Planck Society, Germany)
  • 2009 MTZ®-MPI-Award (MTZ foundation, Germany)
  • 2008 ISSCR (International Society of Stem Cell Research), Junior Investigator Award, USA

Lab Members

>> Doctoral course

Myung Rae Park (박명래)
M.S.,KonKuk University, 2008 to 2010
B.S.,Keimyung University, 2001 to 2007

“‘Trial & error’ is a ladder that reaching for the truth.”

Research Interest
Direct reprogramming; Drug screening.

* contact : [email protected]


>> Combined MS-doctoral course

Hyun Ah Lee (이현아)
B.S., University of Ulsan, 2007 to 2011.

“Wheresover you go, go with all your heart.”

Research Interest
iPS cells; Direct reprogramming.

* contact : [email protected]

Soo Yong Park (박수용)
B.S., Kyungpook National University, 2005 to 2012

“Do my best in everything.”

Research Interest
Direct reprogramming, patient-specific stem cell

* contact : [email protected]


Donggyu Nam(남동규)
Honours in B.S., University of Toronto, St. George campus, 2006 to 2014

Just do it.

Research interest
Gene editing, Direct reprogramming/iPS cells

* contact : [email protected]


>> Master course

Joo Yeong Kang (강주영)



M.S., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology 2019-

B.S., Sungkyunkwan University, 2013-2019


Live life without regrets.

Research interest

Patient-derived stem cell therapy

* contact : [email protected]


>> Alumni

Hong dae Seo(서홍대)


M.S., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology 2016-2019

B.S., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, 2010 -2016


Ji Hoon Son(손지훈)


M.S., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology 2016-2019

B.S., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, 2012 -2016


Yujin Jeong(정유진)
M.S., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology 2015-2017
B.S., Incheon national university , 2011 ~ 2014


WONG Man Sze(Mancy)
M.S., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology 2012-2015
B.S., The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 2009-2012




Lee, H.; Lee, H.Y.; Lee, B.E.; Gerovska, D.; Park, S.Y.; Zaehres, H.; Araúzo-Bravo, M.J.; Kim, J.I.; Ha, Y.; Schöler, H.R.; Kim, J.B.; et al. Sequentially induced motor neurons from human fibroblasts facilitate locomotor recovery in a rodent spinal cord injury model. eLife 2020, 9

Park, S.Y.; Kang, J.Y.; Lee, T.; Nam, D.; Jeon, C.J.; Kim, J.B. SPON1 Can Reduce Amyloid Beta and Reverse Cognitive Impairment and Memory Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model. Cells 2020, 9

Park, S.Y.; Lee, H.; Kwon, Y.W.; Park, M.R.; Kim, J.H.; Kim, J.B. Etv2- and Fli1-Induced Vascular Progenitor Cells Enhance Functional Recovery in Ischemic Vascular Disease Model. Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology 2020, 10.1161/ATVBAHA.119.313684, ATVBAHA119313684

Park, M.R.; Wong, M.S.; Arauzo-Bravo, M.J.; Lee, H.; Nam, D.; Park, S.Y.; Seo, H.D.; Lee, S.M.; Zeilhofer, H.F.; Zaehres, H., et al. Oct4 and Hnf4alpha-induced hepatic stem cells ameliorate chronic liver injury in liver fibrosis model. PloS one 2019, 14, e0221085

Lee, H.; Nam, D.; Choi, J.K.; Arauzo-Bravo, M.J.; Kwon, S.Y.; Zaehres, H.; Lee, T.; Park, C.Y.; Kang, H.W.; Scholer, H.R., et al. Establishment of feeder-free culture system for human induced pluripotent stem cell on DAS nanocrystalline graphene. Scientific reports 2016, 6, 20708

Kim SM, Lim KT, Kwak TH, Lee SC, Im JH, Hali S, In Hwang S, Kim D, Hwang J, Kim KP, Chung HJ, Kim JB, Ko K, Chung HM, Lee HT, Schöler HR, Han DW
Induced neural stem cells from distinct genetic backgrounds exhibit different reprogramming status. Stem Cells Res. 2016 Feb 10; 16(2): 460 – 468

Andreas Hermann, Jeong Beom Kim, Sumitra Srimasorn, Holm Zaehres, Peter Reinhardt, Hans R. Schöler, and Alexander Storch
Factor-Reduced Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Efficiently Differentiate into Neurons Independent of the Number of Reprogramming Factors. Stem Cells International. 2016 Feb; 2016(1): 1 – 6

Jeong Beom Kim, Hyunah Lee, Marcos J Araúzo-Bravo, Kyujin Hwang, Donggyu Nam, Myung Rae Park, Holm Zaehres, Kook In Park, Seok-Jin Lee
Oct4-induced oligodendrocyte progenitor cells enhance functional recovery in spinal cord injury model. EMBO journal. 2015 Oct; 34(20): 2483 – 2596

Se-Yang Kim, Jinsung Kwak, Jae Hwan Chu, Jeong Beom Kim, Sung Youb Kim, Kibog Park , and Soon-Yong Kwon
Controllable Synthesis of Graphene Encapsulated Low-Dimensional Nanocomposites. Advanced materials interfaces. 2015 Jun;2(11):1-7

Dorn I, Klich K, Arauzo-Bravo MJ, Radstaak M, Santourlidis S, Ghanjati F, Radke TF, Psathaki OE, Hargus G, Kramer J, Einhaus M, Kim JB, Kögler G, Wernet P, Schöler HR, Schlenke P, Zaehres H.
Erythroid differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells is independent of donor cell type of origin. Haematologica. 2015 Jan;100(1):32-41

Gunnar Hargus, Marc Ehrlich, Marcos J. Arau´ zo-Bravo, Kathrin Hemmer, Anna-Lena Hallmann, Peter Reinhardt, Kee-Pyo Kim, Kenjiro Adachi, Simeo Santourlidis, Foued Ghanjati, Mareike Fauser, Christiana Ossig, Alexander Storch, Jeong Beom Kim, Jens C. Schwamborn, Jared Sterneckert, Hans R. Scho¨ ler, Tanja Kuhlmann, and Holm Zaehres.
Origin-Dependent Neural Cell Identities in Differentiated Human iPSCs In Vitro and after Transplantation into the Mouse Brain.Cell reports. 2014 Sep;8(6):1-7

Yang K, Lee JS, Kim J, Lee YB, Shin H, Um SH, Kim JB, Park KI, Lee H, Cho SW.
Polydopamine-mediated surface modification of scaffold materials for human neural stem cell engineering. Biomaterials. 2012 Oct;33(29):6952-64.

Löhle M, Hermann A, Glass H, Kempe A, Schwarz SC, Kim JB, Poulet C, Ravens U, Schwarz J, Schöler HR, Storch A.
Differentiation efficiency of induced pluripotent stem cells depends on the number of reprogramming factors. Stem cells. 2012 2012 Mar;30(3):570-9. doi: 10.1002/stem.1016.

Minnerup J, Kim JB, Schmidt A, Diederich K, Bauer H, Schilling M, Strecker JK, Ringelstein EB, Sommer C, Schöler HR, Schabitz WR.
Effects of neural progenitor cells on sensorimotor recovery and endogenous repair mechanisms after photothrombotic stroke. Stroke. 2011 Jun; 42(6):1757-63.

Zhou H, Li W, Zhu S, Joo JY, Do JT, Xiong W, Kim JB, Zhang K, Schöler HR, Ding S.
Conversion of mouse epiblast stem cells to an earlier pluripotency state by small molecules. J Biol Chem. 2010 Sep 24; 285(39):29676-80.Epub 2010 Aug 12.

Zaehres H, Kim JB, Schöler HR.
Induced pluripotent stem cells. Methods Enzymol. 2010;476:309-25.

Zaehres H, Kögler G, Arauzo-Bravo MJ, Bleidissel M, Santourlidis S, Weinhold S, Greber B, Kim JB, Buchheiser A, Liedtke S, Eilken HM, Graffmann N, Zhao X, Meyer J, Reinhardt P, Burr B, Waclawczyk S, Ortmeier C, Uhrberg M, Schöler HR, Cantz T, Wernet P.
Induction of pluripotency in human cord blood unrestricted somatic stem cells. Exp Hematol. 2010 Sep; 38(9):809-18,818.e1-2. Epub 2010 Jun 10.

Kim, J. B., Greber, B., Arauzo-Bravo, M. J., Meyer, J., Park, K. I., Zaehres, H., Schöler HR.
Direct Reprogramming of Human Neural Stem Cells by Oct4. Nature 2009;461(7264):649-653.

Kim J. B., Zaehres, H., Arauzo-Bravo, M. J., Schöler HR.
Gerneration of induced pluripotent stem cells from neural stem cells. Nature Protocols 2009;4(10):1464-1470.

Ko, K., Tapia, N., Wu, G., Kim, J. B., Arauzo-Bravo, M. J., Sasse, P., Schöler HR.
Induction of Pluripotency in Adult Unipotent Germline Stem Cells. Cell Stem Cells 2009;5:87-96.

Kim J. B., Sebastiano, V., Wu, G., Arauzo-Bravo, M. J., Sasse, P., Gentile, L., Zaehres, H.,and Schöler HR.
Oct-4 Induced Pluripotency in Adult Neural Stem Cells. Cell 2009;136:411-419.

Kim, J. B., Zaehres, H., Wu, G., Schöler HR.
Pluripotent stem cells induced from adult neural stem cells by reprogramming with two factors. Nature 2008;454:646-650.

Graumann J, Hubner NC, Kim J. B., Schöler H, Mann M.
Stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture (SILAC)
and proteome quantitation of mouse embryonic stem cells to a depth of 5,111 proteins. Mol Cell Proteomics 2008;7(4):672-683.



03/25/2020. Composition for direct conversion from somatic cell to liver non-parenchymal cells and use thereof. Korea Patent. 10-2095483

02/12/2020. Hydrogel patches for regenerating or restoring injured tissues. Korea Patent. 10-2078788

02/12/2020. Hydrogel patches and pharmaceutical composition for treating traumatic spinal cord injury. Korea Patent. 10-2078789

02/12/2020. Hydrogel patches and pharmaceutical composition for treating spinal cord injury comprising hyaluronic acid. Korea Patent. 10-2078790

01/30/2020. Hydorgel patch. Australia Patent. 2018236629 (Patent granted decision made)

01/08/2019. Composition for inducing direct transdifferentiation of somatic cell into vascular progenitor cell, and use thereof. US Patent. 10174287

12/10/2019. Hydorgel patch. Korea Patent. 10-2056391

04/03/2019. Composition for inducing direct conversion of somatic cell into hepatic stem cell, hepatic cell, or cholangiocyte. Korea Patent. 10-1967435

10/26/2017. Composition for inducing direct conversion of somatic cell into Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells and use the same. Korea Patent. 10-731068

04/21/2017. Composition for inducing direct conversion of somatic cell into Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells and use the same. Korea Patent. 10-792757

05/15/2017.Feeder-free culture system for human pluripotent stem cell. Korea Patent. 10-737796

01/26/2017. Composition for inducing direct conversion of somatic cell into Vascular Progenitor Cells and use the same. Korea Patent. 10-1702629

12/3/2009. International Patent: Generation of induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells, WO 2009/144008.

9/4/2013, China Patent: Generation of induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells, CN 102066556 B.