Daehee Kang received his M.D. degree at Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, in 1987 and completed his Ph.D. degree in environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University, Md, USA, in 1994. He is a Professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine, Cancer Biology, and Biomedical Sciences at the Seoul National University College of Medicine and the Associate Dean for Research at the Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea. Prior to the faculty of the SNU in 1996, he worked at the US CDC from 1994 to 1996 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the US CDC. He has recently finished a two-year senior fellowship position at the U.S. NCI at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics of the U.S. NCI. Professor Kang’s laboratory, MGEL (Molecular and Genomic Epidemiology Laboratory), focuses on molecular and genomic epidemiology study for cancer etiology and prevention. The types of cancers of interest include breast, gastric cancer, and childhood leukemia, and so on. Both the candidate gene approach and high-throughput technology (e.g., GWAS) are used to identify the role of the gene-gene and gene-environment interactions of cancer development and prognosis. Since 2004, he have been carrying out the large-scale genomic cohort study (about 300 000 healthy subjects), one of the largest cohort in Asia, which could be a pivotal role to evaluate the genomic variation, environment, gene-environment interaction, and risk of diseases and pharmacogenomics. This large cohort could also be the most significant resources for biomarker discovery and validation.
Biography Updated on 2 April 2009