Press Release

Institut Pasteur Korea attracts next generation of young scientists through its educational outreach programs

Pangyo, Gyeonggi, 28 Dec, 2015| During the course of the year, Institut Pasteur Korea (IPK, CEO: Dr. Hakim Djaballah) offered a variety of educational programs to encourage the next generation of young scientists to explore the fields of life sciences and medical research. Supported by the Gyeonggi Provincial Government and the Gyeonggi Science Mentor Project, 2,471 students enrolled 2,391 were from Gyeonggi province. Students at all levels, from elementary school to university, had a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn from our scientists in school classrooms and lecture halls environments. IPK was also present at two festivals including the Gyeonggi province science festival.
"To make science more fun for students we featured familiar objects in their experiments" said Dr. Vincent Delorme, Group Head, Tuberculosis Research Laboratory.  Students did experiments like “Observation of Epithelial Cells in My Mouth,” “Banana DNA Extraction,” and “Chocolate Chromatography.”  Ms. EunYoung Park (The mother of Mr. DongHee Lee, grade 1 student at NulPuRun High School, Bundang, Gyeonggi) said “It is an outstanding program because students have a chance to learn at a real research institution.  The lessons were impactful and well worth the time. This is a great opportunity and students should take more of an interest in science.”

2015 Pasteur Junior Research Program
Learning about DNA through the Banana DNA Extraction Experiment

For university students, IPK offers internship programs that provide specialized hands-on experiences and advanced training opportunities. Students work directly with scientists to learn the roles and responsibilities of the profession and gain practical work experience.  Mr. JunHyung Park, member of the Summer Intern class of 2015 (a Bionano Engineer major, HanYang University, Seoul and resident of the Gyeonggi Province) said “I am considering graduate school so I applied to IPK’s internship program to gain some experience”; he added “I felt like I was a part of the team.  I got practical training on advanced laboratory equipment and observed how scientists move through the scientific process from developing a hypothesis to experiment design and implementation to interpreting data.”
Education and teaching are an important part of Dr. Louis Pasteur’s legacy and of great interest to IPK’s CEO Dr. Hakim Djaballah. Since 2009, approx. 13,000 students have benefited from IPK’s educational programs. "We will continue our duty in 2016 by providing exciting educational programing which nurture the development of future global health scientists and leaders" said Dr. Hakim Djaballah.
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About Institut Pasteur Korea
Institut Pasteur Korea, located in Pangyo, was founded in 2004. It is a private institution devoted to discovery biology for infectious diseases. IPK’s unique translational capabilities and small molecule intervention technology make it possible to rapidly address unmet global health needs through diagnostics for detection and prevention. IPK strives to have fostering collaborations, partnerships, and educational outreach to share its knowledge and research know-how. Institut Pasteur Korea is a member of the Institut Pasteur International Network which brings together 33 institutes located in 29 countries, united by the same mission, culture, and values. Leveraging vast human and scientific community, the Network is involved in international research projects, public health, teaching and training programs. By its diversity and global presence, the Institut Pasteur International Network aims to respond, in an innovative way, to international public health issues and priorities.