Platform Division
Research & Technology
Screening Discovery Platform
Research Interests

The Screening Discovery Platform (SDP) provides expertise in the early stages of the drug discovery pipeline for assay development and high-throughput screening. Our research activities enable discovery of small molecules and target identification for drug development, biomarkers, and elucidation of disease mechanisms. SDP works in close collaboration with each investigator within Institut Pasteur Korea (IPK) and with outside collaborators, providing guidance through all stages of the chemical and RNAi screening process: Assay development, Assay validation, Assay automation, High-content or high-throughput screening and Data analysis.

SDP optimizes and validates all screening assays for IPK discovery biology programs such as bacterial (streptococcus pneumoniae, mycobacterium tuberculosis), parasitic (visceral leishmaniasis), and viral research (hepatitis B, EBOLA, MERS-CoV). SDP was recognized in 2016 and 2017 by Drugs for Neglected Disease initiative (DNDi-IPK) for our role in a multi-collaborative effort to identify small molecules for therapies against visceral leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.

Our capabilities/assets include:

Pathogen and biological research conducted in fully-automated robotic platforms located in BSL-2+ and BSL-3 laboratories
Validating and formatting assays to 96/384/1536 well format to perform screening activities
Conducting screening assays covering a wide range of detection readouts including fluorescence, bioluminescence, absorbance, and imaging (confocal and epi-fluorescent)
Small chemical library collection of compounds identified as potential starting points for the development of novel therapeutics. Library is comprised of ~400,000 molecules covering diverse sources including synthetic, natural products, extracts, and FDA approved drugs to early drug discovery programs
Genomic platforms (siRNA and shRNA technology) to identify new targets and signaling pathways as well as uncover mechanism of actions



David Shum, MS, MBA

  • Master`s Degree in Biology: New York University, USA (2002)
  • Certificate in Project Management: New York University, USA (2013)
  • Master`s in Business Administration: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA (2021)
  • Head, Screening Discovery Platform, Institut Pasteur Korea (2015-present)
  • Honggun Lee

    Honggun Lee, PhD


  • Kyuhopaul Park

    Kyuhopaul Park, PhD


  • Ahreum Cho

    Ahreum Cho, MS


  • Dahae Koh

    Dahae Koh, MS


  • Iseul Park

    Iseul Park, MS


  • Jinhee Yu

    Jinhee Yu, MS


  • Jinyeong Heo

    Jinyeong Heo, MS


  • Nakyung Lee

    Nakyung Lee, MS


  • Soonju Park

    Soonju Park , MS


  • Sooyoung Byun

    Sooyoung Byun, MS


  • Yeonguk Jeon

    Yeonguk Jeon, MS


  • Sangjun Yoon

    Sangjun Yoon


Selected Publications