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07/27/2020 Interview > Faculty > ERICA

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[ERICA’s Keyword] Ranked 6th in the World Among Experts in the Field of Marine Biomedical Research, Department of Marine Science and Convergence Engineering Chair-professor Kim Se-kwon

[HY ERICA] selected this year at the 33rd International Khwarizimi "International Scientist Award" and US medical field's "6th Highest World-class Expert in Marine Biomedical Field"

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Continuous and passionate steps of the 6th ranked expert in the field of marine biomedical research

Professor Kim Se-kwon of the Department of Marine Science and Convergence Engineering


“There is nothing in this world that is achieved without pain. It is sometimes painful to achieve answers to certain things like studying, research, and work, but your efforts will eventually bear fruit if you concentrate with passion.”
 

Professor Kim Se-kwon was awarded the International Scientist Award at the 33rd International Khwarizmi Awards Ceremony this year, which centers around world-class scientists. He was also selected as the 6th ranked expert in the field of marine biomedical research from the US medical field research paper evaluation organization. Let's think about what passion is through the story of Professor Kim Se-kwon, who is gaining worldwide recognition for his expertise and influence.

 
 ▲ Hanyang University ERICA Department of Marine Science and Convergence Engineering Chair-professor Kim Se-kwon

Q1. As the chair-professor of Hanyang University ERICA's Department of Marine Science and Convergence Engineering, in which classes do you meet students?

A1. The Department of Marine Science and Convergence Engineering deals with understanding and preserving future Earth environmental changes and the fast-changing characteristics of the marine environment in response to the national advancement of marine development-related technologies. I've decided to give two lectures to freshmen this year. The topic of the first lecture is "Know the ocean to see the future: Marine living resources that bring money from the 4th industrial revolution" and the second lecture is "Healthcare utilizing marine biological resources." I've also had presentation and debate sessions with graduate school students on the topic of "Exploring and developing physiologic substances from marine biological resources."


Q2. Over the past 10 years you have published about 200 research papers regarding marine organisms in SCI-level international journals. What have you been researching about marine organisms?

A2. In China, there is an antique pharmaceutical book called Chinese Herbal Medicine (華本草,  13 volumes) that is similar to Korea's Dong-uibogam. This book deals with biological resources, descriptions, and effects that have been used as medicines in China, and it identifies about 200 marine organisms that were used as medicines 500 years ago. However, because of the abrupt development of medical plant domestication technologies, fewer than 10 marine organism species are currently being used. I published a book called Marine Organisms and Herbal Medicine based on the information on the marine organisms that were written about as medicinal herbs in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Moreover, Korea imports most herbal medicinal materials from China, but it was revealed that their pesticide pollution is very serious. This is why I started research into creating herbal medicine materials(bio new medicine) from marine waters, which exists in our sea and is an untapped resource. I mostly examined the vitality by separating new natural materials from marine organisms, disclosed their structures, and sought to discover their application methods by realizing the effect mechanisms. As a result, I could discover diverse vitalizations such as anticancer, anti-aging, anti-allergy, anti-dementia, antidiabetes, and antihypertensive uses.
 
Q3. You received an International Scientist Award at the 33rd International Khwarizimi Awards in February and also the 2019 Best Paper Award at the world-class journal in marine biomedical sciences field Marine Drugs.

A3. The International Khwarizimi Award is an award that was established by the Iranian government in 1987 in honor of Muhammad Ibn-Musa al-Khwarizmi (770-840 CE), the first Persian mathematician and astronomer to establish the concept of algebra. It is an international award that selects award-winning journals of science and technology through the support of diverse international organizations such as UNESCO. A professor at the Iran Institute of Science and Technology read some of my research papers, became interested, and nominated me for a Khwarizmi Award. I did not expect to be awarded but was given the pleasure of winning the award. Different from other winners, I had other 4-day award schedules. So, I participated in invited lectures at the Iran Institute of Science and Technology and the Iran Institute of Ocean Science and Technology. Also, I was asked to give an advisory opinion by the SAFF Offshore Industries Company and discuss mutual cooperation methods.
 
The reason why I received the Best Paper Award from Marine Drugs was due to the review paper that suggested the possibility of utilizing protein and peptides in the processing of residues that are thrown away after marine products are processed as functional cosmetic materials. I am aware that I was selected as the winner because the paper quotation rate was high worldwide. I am happy that I am gaining international recognition for the efforts I have made and results that I have found.

Q4. Was there a special reason why you became interested in the marine bio-field?

A4. In the ocean, there are about 300,000 species that amount to 80% of all animal species on earth, but more than 96% are unused resources. Some maritime states that are close to the ocean, along with some developed countries, are showing a trend of shifting the subjects of biomaterial development from land resources to unused marine animals.

Korea, which is surrounded on three sides by ocean and holds maritime jurisdiction that is 4.5 times larger than its territory, has abundant maritime resources, but unfortunately is not using them properly. About 40 years ago when I started my research, only a scarce amount of resources such as fish and marine algae (seaweed, laver, kelp) were used as food sources, and other living marine resources were not used. There wasn't even basic research being conducted on marine organisms.
 
Therefore, I established the Marine Biochemistry Research Laboratory and progressed with research in order to effectively use living marine organisms. Since then I have explored numerous marine organisms for new functional substances and disclosed their functions. Such research must be undertaken to utilize living marine organisms in diverse ways.
Since systemic research through biotechnology is in an insufficient state, much pain and effort were required to overcome this problem.

 
▲ Professor Kim Se-kwon was awarded the International Scientist Award at the 33rd International Khwarizimi Awards Ceremony this year and was ranked 6th among world-class experts in the marine biomedical field by the US medical field research paper evaluation organization.

 Q5. You were selected 5 years in a row as the Highly Cited Researchers(HCR) in the world by the Global Academic Information Enterprise and were selected last May as the 6th (Top 0.0075%) highest ranking world-class expert in the biomedical sciences field by the US medical field research paper evaluation organization.

A5.
I have spent time as a professor with three obligations in my mind as a scholar. First, to teach students well, second, performing creative research, and third, providing help to humanity with research outcomes. I have never considered myself an extraordinary person. Therefore, I thought I should put forth a lot of effort as I do not have enough capabilities. I have received good results by doing my best and being focused on my work.

Q6. You have published about 40 professional books in English regarding the marine bio field.

A6.
When I was a visiting professor at Memorial University in Canada in 1999, I came to know a professor who had published about 60 books as an editor and works worldwide. I once suggested we publish a book in my field as joint-editors, but unfortunately this wasn't achieved. So, after a lot of thinking, I decided to publish on my own. Luckily, I had experience evaluating many publication plans for foreign publishers, thus could publish my first English professional books in the CRC Press, which is a famous publisher in the US. This gave me confidence, which let me publish more than 40 books after receiving publication requests from many publishers.

Q7. You have strived with ongoing passion in research, paper presentation, and book publishing. Do you have your own special know-how?

A7.
I have made more efforts and focused on my work than any other by constantly thinking about my lack of abilities. Because of this, I gained confidence and built an attitude to try out anything with confidence. In fact, it takes a lot of courage from people with degrees in Korea to publish English professional papers. Regardless, I eventually did it. I don’t think there is a special know-how in anything.

Q8. Do you think marine convergence engineering and the marine bio field will play a big role in future society?

A8.
There needs to be a collective scientific approach in order to manage the ocean environment, protect marine resources, and use them valuably for humanity. Therefore, marine convergence engineering will be of more importance in the future. Moreover, in the case of Korea, which is surrounded on three sides by ocean, the marine bio field that uses marine living organisms will grow into a new power industry for the nation.

Q9. Do you have anything to say about passion to ERICA members and young researchers?

A9.
I remember the four elements of happiness that contemporary people must hold, suggested by one author. One, language studies, two, building academic knowledge, three, playing instruments, and four, enjoying sports. When looking closely at these four elements of happiness, they all require pain and passion in order to be achieved. It reminds us of "no pain, no gain." Although there will be painful aspects to researching, working, and trying to find answers, the time you get to feel happy will come faster if you focus on your work with passion. Now, diverse opportunities for growth will come in technologically innovative businesses along with the 4th industrial revolution. In technical innovation, creative research is necessary. So, you must put passion into developing your creative research capabilities. That will be the key to solving your worries about employment or startups.
 
 ▲ ‘2019 Best Paper Awards’ by Marine Drugs
Chair-professor Kim Se-kwon and marine biomedical sciences

Marine biomedical sciences is a field that explores medical usability of physiologic abilities of marine living organisms. Professor Kim Se-kwon, who is a world-renowned marine biomedical expert, continued his research on disclosing the various effects of marine living organisms in fields such as anticancer, anti-aging, anti-dementia, anti-obesity, and anti-diabetes. He recently received the 2019 Best Paper Awards from the global journal Marine Drugs.


Production by Kim Hyun-ji Materials/photos by Professor Kim Se-kwon

 

This content is published in 2020 Summer Edition (Volume 95) of ‘HY ERICA’, a Hanyang University newsletter

▶ Click to see HY ERICA 2020 Summer Edition (Volume 95)
▶ Click to see in detail ‘HY ERICA’ in [[Hanyang Wiki]]





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