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DirectorCHOI Young Ki

  • CHOI Young Ki DirectorCHOI Young Ki

Study of emerging and re-emerging viruses to overcome viral diseases

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Tel. 042-878-8111

Address

IBS Korea Virus Research Institute,
55 Expo-ro, Doryong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon (34126)

Director
Director  CHOI Young Ki

Director CHOI Young Ki

CHOI Young Ki is the director in the Center for Study of Emerging and Re-emerging Viruses at the Korea Virus Research Institute. Director Choi obtained his B.S and M.S. from the College of Veterinary Sciences at Chungnam National University and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Virology at the University of Minnesota. He has served as a professor at Chungbuk National University’s College of Medicine, where he conducted research on the mechanisms by which viruses infect hosts as well as vaccine development. His recent studies on COVID-19 have garnered much attention at home and abroad, which include establishing the animal model of COVID-19 infection and transmission, as well as studying the monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19.

Introduction
Study on emerging and re-emerging viruses (One Health approach)

Study on emerging and re-emerging viruses (One Health approach)

  • 1. Pathogenesis of novel variants of important viral pathogens: Novel virus identification, pathogenesis, and virulence marker investigation
  • 2.Disease X and neglected tropical viral diseases including animal viruses: Characterization of pathogenic potentials and interspecies transmission mechanisms
  • 3.Vector-borne zoonotic viral diseases: Mosquitoes and tick-borne mediated viral diseases
  • 4.Novel control technology: Innovative diagnostic technology, development of novel platforms of therapeutics, and universal vaccines
Research Activities

The Center for Study of Emerging and Re-emerging Viruses aims to explore strategies to respond to future infectious disease outbreaks through studying virus propagation and transmission.

The Center’s research involves the characterization of human coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-2 variants, as well as other viruses that can cause infection in humans such as severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV), tick-borne viruses, avian influenza viruses, and others.

The Center’s research also focuses on expanding our knowledge on potentially dangerous zoonotic viruses (Disease X). By identifying previously neglected tropical viral diseases with epidemic and pandemic potential, studying known high-risk viral infections/diseases, and developing universal vaccine platform technology, the Center aims to prepare us against any Disease X that we may encounter in the future.

Organization

Organization

Main research results
  • Early correction of NMDAR function improves autistic-like behaviors in adult Shank2–/– mice.
    (Biol Psychiatry, 2019)
  • Sexually dimorphic behavior, neuronal activity, and gene expression in Chd8-mutant mice.
    (Nat Neurosci, 2018)
  • Differential coding of reward and movement information in the dorsomedial striatal direct and indirect pathways.
    (Nat Commun, 2018)
  • Distinct role of striatal direct and indirect pathways in value-based decision making.
    (Elife, 2019)
  • Social deficits in IRSp53 mutant mice improved by NMDAR and mGluR5 suppression.
    (Nature Neuroscience. 2015)
Personnel
Personnel status
Total62
Gender32(Male), 30(Female)
Korean/ International59(Korean), 3(International)
Degree
Position

As of October. 2019

Research

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