Prof. Jinmyoung Joo


Jinmyoung Joo is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), where he holds affiliate appointments in the Chemical Engineering and Graduate School of Health Science and Technology. He received B.S. (2007) and Ph.D. (2012) degrees in Chemical Engineering from POSTECH. His Ph.D. thesis under the direction of Prof. Sangmin Jeon involved the studies on the synthesis of nanoscale materials and the characterization of the unique properties of inorganic nanoparticles, along with the demonstration in environmental and biological applications. He then continued his studies on the functional nanomaterials for biomedical applications as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California, San Diego under supervision of Prof. Michael J. Sailor, together with Prof. Erkki Ruoslahti (Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute) and Prof. Sangeeta N. Bhatia (MIT). He started his independent career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Convergence Medicine at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine and Asan Medical Center in 2016, and he joined the faculty in the Biomedical Engineering at the UNIST in January, 2019. He has been interested in understanding the interaction of nanomaterials with complex biological systems, engineering novel nanostructures that can effectively understand tissue microenvironment and target diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. His lab has focuses on leveraging nanoscale materials to study biological findings and to bridge them to translational medical platforms such as bioimaging and drug delivery systems. See more details in research page.


Awards and Honors

CGBIO Young Investigator Award, Korean Society for Biomaterials, 2023
Lee Sang Hoon Academic Award, Korean BioChip Society, 2021
Miwon Commercial Young Investigator Award, Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 2021
POSCO TJ Park Science Fellow, 2019 (foundation | news)
Professor of the Year Award, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 2018 (news)
Outstanding Young Scientist, Korea Academy of Science and Technology, 2018
Travel Grant Award, Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Germany, 2013 (supported by Korea Academy of Science the Technology)
Outstanding Presentation Award, Cross Straits Symposium on Energy and Environmental Science, 2009
Best Poster Award, International Workshop on Nanomechanical Cantilever Sensors, 2009
Outstanding Presentation Award, Cross Straits Symposium on Energy and Environmental Science, 2008
Excellent Graduate Fellowship, LG Yeonam Foundation, 2008
Best Research Paper Award, Undergraduate Research Program, POSTECH, 2006


Academic services

Associate Editor (2018 – present), Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Education and Accreditation Committee (2018 – present), The Korean BioChip Society
Committee member (2017 – present), Materials Division, The Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers


Invited talks (in International conference)

Invited Speaker, Luminescent silicon nanostructures Faraday Discussion, York, United Kingdom (Feb 12-14, 2020) link
Invited Speaker, IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine & Engineering 2019, Gwangju, Korea (Nov 21-24, 2019) link
Invited Speaker, Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society – AP Chapter, Brisbane, Australia (Oct 14-17, 2019)
Invited Speaker, SMIT2018-IBEC2018 Joint Conference: 30th Conference of t he Society for Medical Innovation and Technology & International Biomedical Engineering Conference 2018, Seoul, Korea (Nov. 8-10, 2018) link
Invited Speaker, Nanopia: International Conference & Exhibition for Nanotechnology, Changwon, Korea (Nov. 7-9, 2018) link
Invited Speaker, Asian Conference on Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Qingdao, China (Oct. 18-20, 2018)

Keynote Speaker, Workshop on Silicon Nanoparticles, Bertinoro, Italy (Oct. 1-3, 2018) link
Invited Speaker, European and Global Summit for Clinical Nanomedicine, Targeted Delivery and Precision Medicine, Basel, Switzerland (Sep. 2-5, 2018) link