About us

Microbial ecology is the study of application to environmental science, ecology, and taxonomy of numerous microorganisms on Earth including soil/marine/wastewater/freshwater/air/food/animals, and the human gut. Ecological research, in particular, is the study of which microorganisms reside in a given environment, how they shape microbial communities, and how they influence the environment and humans. Furthermore, we isolated novel microoragnisms in a specialized habitat in order to conserve more diverse microbial resources on this planet, and Taxonomic study (nomenclature/ identification/ classification) is being undertaken. We are now broadening the area of our research by investigating the ecology of archaea, fungi, and viruses which have gotten less attention in comparison to bacteria.

Research area

- Research on the mechanisms of gut microbiome involvement in drug action and control of the microbiome.
- Development of live biotherapeutic products (LBP) for incurable chronic inflammatory disease and research on the mechanism of action of LBPs.
- Research on the association of the dietary intervention with alterations of the bacterial community and/or virome in the Korean gut
- Analyses of fecal microbiota to identify the etiology of diarrhea in Hanwoo calves and evaluation of the efficacy of fecal microbiota transfer (FMT) to treat diarrhea
- Development of data analysis platform to evaluate oral microbiome and original technology for disease control and prevention
- Research on phylo-symbiosis between gut microbiota and wild animal in the context of vertebrate evolution