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  • YITP Application 15 December 2018 ~ 30 January 2019

Call for Applications for Young Investigator Training Program (YITP)


Young investigators are welcomed to apply for the program to stay in Korean neuroscience laboratories for 5 days before attending the IBRO Congress. Staying in local laboratories will provide the opportunities to learn diverse techniques and topics in neuroscience in addition to getting acquainted with Korean senior/junior scientists for networking chances.

Eligibility and Requirement

  • You should be a master or Ph.D./M.D. student or young postdoctoral fellow at the time of registration
  • You should submit an abstract as an author to present your poster in IBRO 2019
  • A letter of recommendation (preferably from an advisor from your institution) directly emailed to from the person who recommends you
  • Email your CV to


  • Roundtrip airfare (between the awardee's residing country to South Korea)
  • Accommodation fees (arranged by the hosting PI) and some miscellaneous expenses


  • Applications should be submitted online (Click Here) during 12/15/2018 ~ 1/30/2019
  • Each applicant should choose 5 candidate labs among the participating hosting labs

Awardee Announcement

  • The LOC will review the applications and announce the awardees by the early February 2019 on the IBRO 2019 website

Information on hosting laboratories

Please note that all YITP applicants should apply for the program by submitting the online form and other required documents directly to the official YITP email address (2019.ibro.yitp@gmail.com). All the hosting PIs have been informed not to directly respond to an email from a potential candidate (or his/her advisor) and forward the email instead directly to the YITP official email address to prevent any attempt to match-make a particular candidate with a certain PI. Also please note that, although the LOC selection committee will make every effort to respect each candidate’s laboratory of choice during the selection/assigning processes, the committee cannot guarantee all applicants being assigned to their most preferred laboratories. We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation in advance.

Jee Hyun ChoiKorea Institute for Science and Technology (KIST)
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  • LabCCSN (Computational Cognitive & System Neuroscience)
  • Address5, Hwarang-ro 14-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02792, Republic of Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesThe Laboratory for Computational Cognitive & System Neuroscience (CCSN)investigates mechanisms underlying the activities of neuronal circuits in correlation with cognitive brain states. We are particularly interested in the emergence, development, and termination of collective behaviors across the various scales of neuronal organization, from individual neurons to functional ensembles. We combine theoretical tools such as nonlinear dynamics and statistical analysis to experimentally obtained multi-modal brain signals. In addition to conventional multi-unit and local field recordings, we emphasize the use of functional brain mapping techniques that allow us to monitor the regional activities in large area simultaneously. We use transgenic mouse model to correlate the molecular and cellular perturbation to large scale dynamics.
  • Homepagehttps://bsi.kist.re.kr/
Seok-Kyu KwonKorea Institute for Science and Technology (KIST)
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  • LabCellular & Molecular Neurobiology lab
  • AddressKorea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) Center for Functional Connectomics, Brain Science Institute, L7 #7205 Hwarangno 14-gil 5, Seongbuk-gu Seoul 02792, South Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesOur lab is investigating novel roles of intracellular organelles like mitochondria and ER in neurons using innovative in vitro/in vivo techniques. Our study will expand the table of contents in a neurobiology textbook, and this knowledge will be applied to various psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

    Research Topics
    1) Synaptic transmission mechanism: Our lab is investigating novel roles of intracellular organelles at synapses using innovative live imaging techniques.
    2) Neural circuit: While the first topic focus on the fundamental synaptic mechanism of individual neurons, actual brain is functioning based on neural circuits. Therefore, our lab will expand the knowledge from a neuron to the circuit level using various techniques including in utero electroporation, virus injection, brain slice imaging, and in vivo imaging.
    3) Neurodegenerative disease: Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, show dysfunction of intracellular organelles. However, their related mechanisms are not well known, therefore, our lab will apply our techniques to unveil pathophysiological mechanisms and this study will lead us to the potential target for treatment.
  • Homepagehttps://bsi.kist.re.kr/
Changhyuk LeeKorea Institute for Science and Technology (KIST)
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  • LabIntegrated Bioelectronic Systems Lab
  • AddressHwarang-ro 14-gil 5, Seongbuk-gu
  • Research Topics and TechniquesElectrical and optical neural interface for system neuroscience
  • Homepagehttps://bsi.kist.re.kr/
Linqing FengKorea Institute for Science and Technology (KIST)
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  • LabBioimage Informatics Lab, Center for Functional Connectomics
  • AddressL7205, KIST, Hawolgok-dong 39-1, Seongbuk-gu, seoul
  • Research Topics and TechniquesLarge-scale brain image analysis: (1) Efficient fully automated algorithms for processing large-scale brain image data. (2) Integrated software platform for data processing and analysis. Techniques: cloud computing, deep-learning, visualization
  • Homepagehttps://bsi.kist.re.kr/
Nakwon ChoiKorea Institute for Science and Technology (KIST)
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  • LabCenter for BioMicrosystems, Neural tissue engineering group
  • Address5 Hwarang-ro 14-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02792, Korea
  • Research Topics and Techniques"Research themes: 1) Brain-on-Chips (Tissue Engineering for Brain/Neuroscience), 2) Interdisciplinary NanoBio-Technology (In vitro diagnostics and prognosis); Available projects (topics): 1) Development of physiologically relevant 3D in vitro brain tissue models based on co-culture of multiple types of brain tissue cells (Brain-on-a-chip) - Development of in vitro neurovascular unit (NVU) models (NVU-on-a-chip), Development of in vitro brain tumor models (Brain tumor-on-a-chip), Development of in vitro blood-brain barrier (BBB) models (BBB-on-a-chip), 2) Development of anisotropically organized neural tissue (neural tissue-on-a-chip) - Control over directional alignment of collagen fibrils, Development of 3D neural circuits in vitro, 3) Development of hydrogel-based assays - Hydrogel-based real-time PCR, Hydrogel-based multiplex detection of miRNAs and proteins; Skills and techniques: cell/molecular biology techniques, 2D (and 3D) cell culture, image analysis, fluorescence microscopy, microfluidics
  • Homepagehttps://bsi.kist.re.kr/
Jeongjin KimKorea Institute for Science and Technology (KIST)
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  • LabNeural Circuitry of Action
  • Address5, Hwarang-ro 14-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02792, Republic of Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesOur overall goal is to understand how the brain turns on and off appropriate actions. The research in our laboratory is particularly focused on:1. Elucidating the cellular and circuity mechanism in basal ganglia output structures for action generation and termination.2. Examining how these circuits are affected in neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Autism and Obsessive compulsive disorder.Using optogenetic tools, deep brain calcium, imaging and optrode recording, we aim to characterize novel circuits and related cell types that are critical for action.
  • Homepagehttps://www.jkimlab.com/
Gyu-Sang Hong, Uhtaek OhKorea Institute for Science and Technology (KIST)
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  • LabSensory Research Center
  • Address5, Hwarang-ro 14-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02792, Republic of Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesOur research focuses on the ion channels and their roles in sensory system such as touch, pain, themosensation, proprioception, baroreception and osmoreception.
    1. Cloning novel channel genes
    2. Studying the biophysical properties of ion channels
    3. Defining the function of ion channles in neurophysiology
    4. Developing new drug candidates with channel modulators
  • Homepagehttps://bsi.kist.re.kr/dt_team/oh-uhtaek/
Sung-Jin JeongKorea Brain Research Institute (KBRI)
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  • LabMolecular Aging and Development Lab
  • Address61 Cheomda-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, 41062
  • Research Topics and Techniques
    • Identification of Biomarkers by Nanosome-Omics technologies in developmental and cognitive disorders and elucidation of GPCR (G-protein coupled receptor) mediated brain disease mechanism
    • Brain connectome study by exosome based secretome and single cell transcriptome
    • Techniques : exosome purification, brain clearinig, so on
  • Homepagehttp://www.kbri.re.kr/new/pages_lab/sub/page.html?mc=2050
Hyang-Sook HoeKorea Brain Research Institute (KBRI)
Myungjin KimKorea Brain Research Institute (KBRI)
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  • LabNeurobiochemistry Lab
  • Address61 Cheomda-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, 41062
  • Research Topics and Techniques Molecular biology of protein metabolism in neuronal health: How protein aggregates are controlled in neurodegenerative conditions (i.e., oxidative stress, DNA-damage response, neuroinflammation).
    - Techniques: primary neuronal cultures, immunohistochemistry, ubiquitylation assay, neuronal senescence assay, common molecular biology tools
  • Homepagehttp://www.kbri.re.kr/new/pages_lab/sub/page.html?mc=3136
Jiyoung MunKorea Brain Research Institute (KBRI)
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  • LabUltrastructural neuroimaging lab
  • Address61 Cheomda-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, 41062
  • Research Topics and Techniques Research topic : ultrastructural change of cellular organells in neuron and glial cell (mitochondria, autophagy)
    Connectomics of neural network
    Technique : 3DEM, electron microscopy
  • Homepagemunlab.kr
Seong-Gi KimSungkyunkwan University (SKKU)
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  • LabFunctional Mapping Lab
  • AddressSeobu-ro 2066, Jangan-gu, Suwon, Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesFunctional MRI of animal brain; (1) What is the relationship between cell-type specific activity and fMRI signals. (2) How the resting state fMRI is modulated and what is underlying neural sources. Techniques: ultrahigh field animal MRI (9.4T and 15.2T), wide-field optics, mouse behavior
  • Homepagehttps://cnir.ibs.re.kr/html/cnir_en/people/people_0201.html
Choong-Wan WooSungkyunkwan University (SKKU)
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  • LabComputational Cognitive Affective Neuroscience Lab
  • AddressSeobu-ro 2066, Jangan-gu, Suwon, Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesThe mission of our lab is to understand pain and emotions in the perspective of data science, cognitive/affective/social neuroscience, and psychology. We also aim to develop clinically useful neuroimaging models and tools that can be used and shared across different research groups and clinical settings. Our main research tools include functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), psychophysiology measures (skin conductance, pupilometry, electrocardiogram, respiration), and other behavioral measures such as facial expression, eye movement, etc. Most importantly, we use data science (computational) tools to model and understand affective, cognitive, and behavioral responses.
  • Homepagehttps://cocoanlab.github.io
Won Mok ShimSungkyunkwan University (SKKU)
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  • LabPerceptual and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
  • AddressSeobu-ro 2066, Jangan-gu, Suwon, Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesPerceptual and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab aims to understand how the brain represents and processes a range of perceptual and cognitive information – from low-level sensory features to high-level contexts and predictions. Contrary to our rich and seamless experiences of the external world, raw sensory data are only partial. To investigate how the brain creates enriched internal models of our environment from impoverished sensory data, we examine the human brain at the network level, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and computational approaches (model-based encoding/decoding using machine learning, functional connectivity, graph theory). Functional brain imaging enables us to identify the brain circuits and networks underlying perception, attention, and memory, and to examine the interaction between regions and the functions of populations of neurons at each stage of the information processing stream. We also link psychophysical measures to fMRI responses to elucidate how the neural information relates to our cognition and behavior.
  • Homepagehttp://wshimlab.com
Mi-Ryoung SongGwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)
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  • LabNeural Development and Function Laboratory
  • Address123 Cheomdangwagi-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju, 61005, Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesNeural stem cells and neurogenesis; Neuronal migration and axon pathfinding; Reactive gliosis in neuronal disorders; Neuronal diversity and subtype-specific gene expression
  • Homepagehttps://life.gist.ac.kr/ldn/
Young-Joon KimGwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)
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  • LabMolecular Neuroethology
  • AddressSchool fo Life Sciences, Choemdangwagiro 123, Bukgu, 61005 Gwangju, , Republic of Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesWe use Drosophila melanogaster as an animal model and study the neural basis of complex behaviors. Behaviors of our interest are innate behaviors associated with female reproduction, such as mating receptivity, egg-laying, and sperm ejection behavior. With these, we are now investigating how a neuropeptide and its GPCR receptor signaling system modulates and reconfigures a behaviorally relevant neural circuit functionally. Technically, we combines behavioral analyses and in vivo neuron activity imaging technique with molecular genetic manipulations.
  • Homepagehttps://gistflylab.wixsite.com/gistlmn
Inah LeeSeoul National University (SNU)
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  • LabBehavioral neurophysiology of learning and memory
  • Address203-102, Seoul National University, Daehak-ro1, Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826
  • Research Topics and TechniquesOur laboratory wants to understand the neural mechanisms of how our daily memories (composed of objects and their visual backgrounds) are remembered in the brain. To systematically address such questions, our research efforts have been focused mostly on two tracks, one for visual scene(or visual context) recognition memory and the other for object recognition memory. We combine the behavioral paradigm with circuit-perturbing and electrophysiological recording techniques, to elucidate how perceptual scene representations are transformed into mnemonic representations. We also investigate how object memory is formed and retrieved in the brain, particularly in the perirhinal cortex in the medial temporal lobe
  • Homepagehttp://inahlee.org
Suk-Ho LeeSeoul National University (SNU)
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  • LabCell Physiology Lab
  • Address103 Daehak-ro Jongno-ku Seoul
  • Research Topics and TechniquesOur lab is studying intrinsic plasticity in hippocampal neurons and its behavioral consequences using patch clamp techniques and behavioral test.
  • Homepagehttp://cellphysiol.snu.ac.kr
Do-Yeon KimKyungpook National University (KNU)
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  • LabNeural development and aging lab
  • Address2177 Dalgubeoldaero, Room 701, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesMolecular mechanisms of neural stem cell homeostasis and differentiation, Post-transcriptional regulations, Aging
  • Homepagehttp://knudentpharm.wixsite.com/knudentpharm
Daesoo KimKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
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  • LabBehavioral Genetics Lab
  • Address291 Darhak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141
  • Research Topics and Techniques-Neural circuit mechanism of motor behaviors and movement disorders. -Closed loop and machine learning based control of behavior in mice. - Circuit-based screening of drugs in mouse models of movement disorders
  • Homepagehttps://sites.google.com/site/bglabkorea/
Jinju HanKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
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  • LabBrain-RNA Lab
  • Address291 Darhak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141
  • Research Topics and TechniquesNPCs and neurons derived from hPSCs [pluripotent stem cells (ESCs or iPSCs from patients of psychiatric disorders), Biochemistry for noncoding RNAs analyses
  • Homepagehttps://jinjuhan.org
Seung-Hee LeeKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
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  • LabSensory processing laboratory
  • Address291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 34141
  • Research Topics and TechniquesOur research aims to unravel brain circuits that are important for selective attention, multisensory integration, and behavioral decision, which are critical for cognitive and perceptual behaviors. We are interested in computation in the cortex, how cortical neurons and areas are interconnected each other and process sensory and motor signals. Insights from our study should be broadly applicable to the treatment of cognitive disorders including attention deficit disorder, autism, schizophrenia, and dementia.
  • Homepagehttps://sites.google.com/site/leelab2013/
Min Whan JungKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
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  • LabSystems Neuroscience Laboratory
  • Address291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 34141
  • Research Topics and TechniquesThe goal of our laboratory is to understand the neural mechanisms that support decision making, interval timing and event memory. We investigate how neural processes underlying these functions are implemented in the rodent brain by examining discharge characteristics of neuronal ensembles in behaving animals, by examining effects of manipulating specific neural systems on animal's behavior and neural activity, and by computational modeling. We take these approaches under the premise that understanding neural circuit dynamics is a key to understanding the neural basis of brain functions as well as malfunctions.
  • Homepagehttps://sites.google.com/site/systemsneurolaboratory/project
Won-Suk ChungKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
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  • LabGlia Laboratory
  • Address291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701, Republic of Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesWe know that in our brain, information can flow and be stored at synapses. However, what we easily forget is that the majority of our brain cells are actually non-neuronal cells, called glia, which can be further divided into oligodendrocytes, microglia and astrocytes. Previously, astrocytes were thought to play only supportive roles for neurons, such as providing survival factors for neurons and controlling the concentration of neurotransmitters / ions released from synapses. However, recent work suggests that astrocytes play more active roles in neuron-glial interactions, especially in controlling the formation, maturation and plasticity of synapses. In our lab, we use primary cell cultures and mouse genetics to address fundamental questions relating to neuron-glial interactions in the healthy and diseased brains.
  • Homepagehttps://www.kaistglia.org/
Jong-Woo SohnKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
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  • LabLaboratory for Neurophysiology
  • Address291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701, Republic of Korea
  • Research Topics and TechniquesOur laboratory aims to understand the central nervous system circuitry that regulates homeostasis. The fast increasing prevalence of metabolic syndromes including obesity, diabetes, and hypertension poses an enormous health risk worldwide. To resolve this issue, recent efforts from our laboratory have been devoted to identify mechanisms by which brain controls appetite, energy consumption, glucose balance, and cardiovascular function. Major technology used in our laboratory includes patch clamp electrophysiology experiments, in vivo metabolic assessments, and histology experiments.
  • Homepagehttps://sites.google.com/site/sohnlab2014/
Sung-Oh HuhHallym University
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  • LabDevelopmental Neuroscience Lab
  • AddressDaehak-gil 1, Chuncheon-si, Kangwon-do, Korea 24252
  • Research Topics and TechniquesFunctions of genes associated with neurodevelopment, Mechanisms of molecular pharmacological actions of GPCR receptors, Development of animal models for neurodevelopmental research
  • Homepagehttps://www.hallym.ac.kr/hallym_univ/sub01/cP7/sCP1/tab1
Woong SunKorea University
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  • LabNeurodevelopmental Research Lab
  • Address73, Inchon-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, Korea 02841
  • Research Topics and TechniquesDr. Sun’s research aims to understand the mechanisms of neuron production and circuit integration during the embryonic development and in the adult neurogenesis context. Currently his studies focus on histo-mophogenesis of brain and spinal cord using stem cell research and the development of novel histological techniques.

    A list of research techniques: 3D histology and volume imaging, Live-imaging of organelle dynamics. micropattern-based neuronal culture, 3D culture of neural stem cells.
  • Homepagehttp://www.braingene.com/index.php