Kwanghun Chung

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Kwanghun Chung
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
Department of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Office: 46-5235
Phone: 617-452-2263

Administrative Assistant
Caitlin Burke
Office: 46-5235
Phone: 617-253-0009


The Chung Lab is an interdisciplinary research team devoted to developing and applying novel technologies (e.g. CLARITY) for integrative and comprehensive understanding of large-scale complex biological systems. Specifically, we develop a host of methods that enable rapid extraction of system-wide structural, molecular, and genomic information from intact tissues. Furthermore, we combine these technologies with physiological and behavioral approaches to study function and dysfunction of mammalian brain as well as other organs. We hope that our developing technique will continue to provide unforeseen opportunities for deeper understanding of biological systems. Our mission is to empower the scientific community by openly sharing research outcomes and offering training courses to broadly and rapidly disseminate our technologies.

Short Bio

Kwanghun Chung completed his undergraduate studies at Seoul National University in 2005, majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He then went to Georgia Institute of Technology and completed his thesis work in 2009 under the mentorship of Hang Lu. During his graduate research he developed automated and integrated microsystems for high-throughput imaging, molecular/behavioral phenotyping, and cell microsurgery of a broad range of living systems including mammalian cells, C. elegans, and Drosophila embryo. After completing collaborations stemming from his PhD work, he then joined Karl Deisseroth Lab at Stanford University for post-doctoral training in 2010. In his time in Karl Deisseroth Lab, he invented a novel technology termed CLARITY, which enables system-wide structural and molecular analysis of large-scale intact biological samples including rodent brains and human clinical samples. He was Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at Scientific Interface (BWF-CASI) Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2013, he joined MIT to start his own lab as an assistant professor of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) and the Department of Chemical Engineering. He is also a principal investigator of the Picower Institute of Learning and Memory.

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface($500,000 over five years)
  • Ziegler Award for Best Research Paper
  • Anne Robinson Clough Conference Grant
  • James T. Porter Fellowship
  • Outstanding Performance on the Written Qualifying Exam
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