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Professor Min-Kyu Kwak


Sungkyul University

Dr Min-Kyu Kwak holds a PhD from the School of Biological Sciences and Institute of Microbiology at Seoul National University, South Korea. He completed his postdoctoral studies at Seoul National University, and was appointed as a Special Appointment Professor at Sungkyul University, South Korea, and Visiting Professor at the University of Malaysia in Sabah.

He is an editorial board member of the Open Journal of Cell and Protein Science, Virology & Immunology Journal, Annals of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology, the International Journal of Fisheries Science and Research, the Journal of Metabolic Investigation, the Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, the International Journal of Proteins & Enzyme Research, the American Journal of Current & Applied Research in Microbiology, and the Journal of Anatomy Forecast, and is an organizer and session chairman of the International Congress on Science and Technology (ICST).

Throughout his career as an academician and researcher at Seoul National University, he has published and prepared more than 22 papers in international and national journals and proceedings, as first author and corresponding author. He has also presented 16 kinds of Korean and international patents regarding cyclic dipeptides inhibitory to against multidrug-resistant bacteria, pathogenic fungi, and influenza A virus.

His model, based on methylglyoxal production/detoxification hierarchy, suggests different metabolic control systems between prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Because his findings provide a basis for understanding cell growth, viability, and differentiation to elevate the intracellular metabolites including methylglyoxal, glutathione, and reactive oxygen species, this should be of interest to scientists who are interested in the methylglyoxal metabolism and its regulating enzymes in cells.

His research also elucidates the mechanism of energy transfer, and he aims to demonstrate the function and structure of intermediate products, enzymes and genes involved in cell change down to the level of electrons and photons; mechanisms of “polymorphic changes of Candida albicans, developmental processes of Dictyostelium discoideum, and sporulation of Bacillus subtilis regarding electron transfer. Importantly, in recent years, he has witnessed scientific achievement in lactic acid bacteria and their antibiotic metabolites, cyclic dipeptides.

To date, he has led several types of research projects in the capacity of project leader, and all relate to the mechanism of methylglyoxal biosynthesis origin and cyclic dipeptides in lactic acid bacteria and fermented foods.