Dr. Kwon joins MPFI from the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, where he served as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Bernardo Sabatini, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. During his postdoctoral period, he used cutting-edge laser-based optics to understand mechanisms of excitatory synapse formation. Prior to working with Dr. Sabatini at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kwon received his PhD in Dr. Pablo Castillo's lab at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Hyungbae's PhD thesis describes the role of glutamate ionotropic receptors in short-term and long-term plasticity at the mossy fiber synapse, which provides the main excitatory input to the hippocampus proper. Before moving to US, Hyungbae Kwon was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated from Korea University earning a B.S. in 1997 and an M.S. degree in Biochemistry in 1999. He went on his research at Yonsei University Medical Center, from where he examined the role of Drosophila MAP kinases and MAPK phosphatases during cell proliferation using various genetic and cell biological techniques. He is the recipient of numerous honors including The Society for Neuroscience Chapter Graduate Student Award; Association of Korean Neuroscientists Outstanding Research Award; and the 13th Julius Marmur Research Award, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Hyungbae has a lovely family. He enjoys very much spending time with his wife and three young daughters. Dr. Kwon's research group will begin in July 2012 in a brand-new MPFI building.
"Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Hyungbae Kwon. The projects in Dr. Kwon's lab will focus on understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms of experience-dependent neural circuit modification using a mouse model. The research will use cutting-edge imaging/physiology techniques such as two-photon imaging and photolysis of neurotransmitters at the level of single synapses to define molecular and physiological mechanisms in synapse/circuit development. If you are interested in working as a postdoctoral fellow, please contact Dr. Kwon at Hyungbae.Kwon at mpfi.org"