Research Resource Center
Research & Technology
Research Interests

When a new infectious disease emerges and causes a significant epidemic, countries around the world make diligent efforts to collect, manage and utilize biological resources including pathogens. Bioresources play a crucial role to serve the emergency response for understanding the newly discovered pathogen to develop diagnostics, vaccines, and treatments.

The IPK Biobank team secures high-risk and emerging infectious disease pathogens and human samples, standardizes and supplies them to national standards, and supports the preparation and timely response to public health crises. Furthermore, the Biobank team plans to take the lead in spreading expertise and know-how in the effective utilization of infectious materials through education and training programs.

Our activity focuses on:
• Establishment of the Human Bioresource Bank that will collect and provide human specimens containing high-risk viruses/antigens/antibodies/nucleic acids to the biomedical research and industry communities
• Establishment of the Customized Pathogen Culture Collection that will collect and distribute pathogens based on the needs of researchers studying new and emerging infections
• Production of Standardized Bioresources for quality assurance of biological medicines and diagnostics
• Education and Training opportunities for the diverse needs of researchers who are not familiar with the field but want to conduct infectious bioresources-based research



Youngsill Choi, Ph.D.

  • Doctorate: Sungshin Women`s University (2002)
  • Postdoctoral: Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, Food and Microbiology (1998-2001)
  • Life Resources Research and Management Division Health Researcher, Common Infectious Disease Research Division, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) (2002-2012)
  • Infectious Disease Diagnosis and Management Division and Health Researcher, Blood Safety Monitoring Division, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) (2012-2018)
  • Director of Pathogen Resource Management Division, National Institue of Health, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (2019 2022)
  • Head, Biological Resources Bank, Institute Pasteur Korea (2023-present)
  • Hyesu Jung

    Hyesu Jung, PhD


  • Doyoon Kwon

    Doyoon Kwon, MS


  • Jinhee Kim

    Jinhee Kim, MS

  • Juyeon Park

    Juyeon Park, MS