Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

South Korea

KAIST has connotations of academic excellence, innovation and entrepreneurship, but also the launch of large-scale projects. The university often ranks highly among other universities of a similar age.

KAIST was established in February 1971 as Korea Advanced Institute of Science, with a loan given by United States Agency for International Development. The university aimed not only to educate young researchers in science and engineering, but also to provide a solid basis for the development of future higher education institutions in Korea.

Its structure was created by an international team, which included the American electrical engineer and vice-president of Stanford University Frederick Emmons Terman. Unlike other public institutions in South Korea, KAIST has freedom to decide upon its entry requirements and course structure, which gives the university a special status.

Today, KAIST has a rich academic portfolio in disciplines such as physics, mathematics, engineering, humanities and social sciences, business and management. The courses are delivered by 5 colleges and 6 schools, with over 33 divisions. KAIST's unique institutes include the National NanoFab Center, which conducts research into nano-devices and their potential applications.

KAIST consists of 2 major campuses situated in Daejeon and South Korea's capital Seoul. They offer over 25 dormitories, 4 libraries and a medical centre. To ensure students are actively engaged in the campus cultural events, the university organises traditional opera and jazz recitals.

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1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) published between 1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

304 151.46

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 131 69.84
Physical Sciences 177 84.29
Life Sciences 49 20.70
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 2

Highlight of the month

Looking for treatment clues in cancer’s web of mutation

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© SCIEPRO/Science Photo Library/Getty

A computational analytics framework that appraises the effects of cancer’s genomic aberrations on biological networks, rather than just those of cancerous mutations on individual molecules, has been devised by a team of scientists from South Korea and Hong Kong led by KAIST’s Kwang-Hyun Cho.

Cho’s team tested their framework by analyzing the tumor suppressor gene p53, which is mutated in about 50 per cent of all cancers, making it a clear target for drug intervention. They were able to calculate how combinations of five therapeutics would affect p53’s signaling pathways, and hence impact drug response. The framework also classified cancer subtypes based on the congruency of their response to drug treatment.

With further development and the increasing availability of genomic data for a range of diseases, this computational framework could be adapted to benefit pharmacological response prediction for more illnesses and allow for medicine that is more personalized.

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  1. Nature Communications 8, 1940 (2017). doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-02160-5

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1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 48.21% Domestic
  • 51.79% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

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