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Seonki Hong


Seonki Hong

Associate Professor

DGIST, Republic of Korea

Talk: Site-specific fabrication of melanin-like pigments for biomedical applications

Dr Seonki Hong is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Chemistry at DGIST. She received her PhD in chemistry from KAIST in 2015 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2015 to 2017.

Her research focuses on the development of novel polymeric biomaterials, hydrogels, and bioinspired surfaces and interfaces for disease diagnosis and treatment. In particular, her main area of interest and expertise is on nature-inspired polycatecholic materials. Catecholic/polyphenolic moieties are involved in a variety of molecular interactions that mediate the adhesion, cohesion, coloration, and others of organic materials in nature. By mimicking these functions, she has been working on designing novel biomaterials with 1) versatile underwater adhesion for surface biofunctionalization/coating and tissue sealing, and 2) broad spectrum UV-Vis-NIR light absorption for biomarker marking (i.e., bioimaging and diagnosis) and photothermal therapy. Dr. Hong is a member of the Early Career Researcher Board of Materials Today Bio (Elsevier) and selected as one of the 2022 emerging investigators in Nanoscale (RSC).