Sungwook Woo

 

 

Sungwook Woo

 

Wyss Institute

Harvard University

3 Blackfan Cir, Boston, MA 02115

E-mail: sungwook.woo[at]wyss.harvard.edu

 

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Education

&

Training

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

Damon Runyon Fellow (HHMI Fellow) (2014 - present)

Advisor: Peng Yin

 

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Ph.D. in Bioengineering (May 2013)

Thesis Title: "Beyond Watson and Crick: programming the self-assembly and reconfiguration of DNA nanostructures based on stacking interactions"

Advisor: Paul W. K. Rothemund

 

Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech)

M.S. in Chemistry (Feb. 2007)

Thesis Title: "Interactions between dendrons and carbon nanotube surfaces"

Advisor: Joon Won Park

 

Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) &

University of Maryland, College Park (UMD, Exchange Student Program)

B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (Feb. 2005)

Magna Cum Laude

 

Publications

&

Presentations

Publications:

· S. Woo*, P. W. K. Rothemund*, Self-assembly of two-dimensional DNA origami lattices using cation-controlled surface diffusion, Nature Communications, 5:4889 (2014), doi: 10.1038/ncomms5889. [PDF] *Co-corresponding authors

 

· S. Woo*, P. W. K. Rothemund*, Programmable molecular recognition based on the geometry of DNA nanostructures, Nature Chemistry, 3, 620-627 (2011), doi: 10.1038/nchem.1070. [PDF] *Co-corresponding authors

See also:
Nature Chemistry News & Views by Andrew J. Turberfield (doi:10.1038/nchem.1097), Nature Methods Research Highlights (doi:10.1038/nmeth.1687).

· S. Woo, Y. Lee, V. Sunkara, R. K. Cheedarala, H. S. Shin, H. C. Choi, and J. W. Park, "Fingertip"-guided noncovalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes by dendrons, Langmuir, 23, 11373-11376 (2007), doi: 10.1021/la701968y. [PDF]

Patent:

· J. W. Park, H. C. Choi, and S. Woo, Carbon nanotube-dendron composite and biosensor comprising the same, Pub. No. WO/2008/044896 (2008).

 

Presentations:

· S. Woo, P. W. K. Rothemund, "Two-Dimensional Crystallization of DNA Nanostructures via Cation-Controlled Surface Diffusion Assembly", Oral presentation, UKC (US-Korea Conference) 2013, East Rutherford, NJ (Aug. 2013)

· S. Woo , "Using DNA Origami to Study Chemistry and Biology", Oral presentation, Molecular Systems Lab, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University (Jan. 2013)

· S. Woo, P. W. K. Rothemund, "Studying the ParMRC plasmid partitioning system using DNA origami", Poster presentation, 9th Annual FNANO (Foundations of Nanosciences) Conference, Snowbird, UT (Apr. 2012)

· S. Woo, P. W. K. Rothemund, "What can we do beyond Watson and Crick? Stacking bonds: programming molecular recognition using DNA origami", Poster presentation, 8th Annual FNANO (Foundations of Nanosciences) Conference, Snowbird, UT (Apr. 2011)

· S. Woo, P. W. K. Rothemund, "Programmable Self-Assembly of DNA Origami across Length Scales", Poster presentation, Materials Research Society meeting, San Francisco, CA (Apr. 2010)

· S. Woo, P. W. K. Rothemund, "Creating Programmable Stacking Bonds using DNA Origami", Oral presentation, 2nd Annual Workshop for Molecular Programming Project, Oxnard, CA (Jan. 2010)

· S. Woo, P. W. K. Rothemund, "Self-Assembly of DNA Origami to Create Larger Nanostructures", Poster presentation, Gordon Research Conferences on "Soft Condensed Matter Physics", New London, NH (Aug. 2009)

· S. Woo, P. W. K. Rothemund, "Self-Assembly of DNA Origami to Create Larger Nanostructures", Poster presentation, FENA (Functional Engineered Nano Archtectonics) 5th Annual Review, Los Angeles, CA (Jan. 2009) – Best Poster Award

· S. Woo, H. C. Choi, and J. W. Park, "Noncovalent Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes by Dendrons", Poster presentation, 99th National Meeting of the Korean Chemical Society, Seoul, Korea (Apr. 2007)

 

Awards & Honors

· Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship (HHMI Fellow), Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (Jul. 2014 - )

· KUSCO-KSEA Scholarship for outstanding graduate students, KUSCO (Korea-US Science Cooperation Center) & KSEA (Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association) (2013)

· Rosen Scholarship for an exceptional graduate student (inaugural recipient), Rosen Center for Biological Engineering, Caltech (2009-2010)

· Best Poster Presentation Award at FENA (Functional Engineered Nano Architectonics) 5th Annual Review, SRC (Semiconductor Research Corporation) (Jan. 2009)

· Special Institute Fellowship, Caltech (2007-2008)

· Best Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Chemistry, Postech (2006)

· BK21 (Brain Korea 21) Fellowship (Sep. 2005 – Feb. 2007)

· NURI (New University for Regional Innovation) Fellowship (Spring 2005)

· Honor Scholarship for superior academic achievement, Postech (Fall 2004)

· Exchange Student Scholarship, Postech & UMD (2000)

· Honor Prize for academic excellence, Postech (Spring 1999, Fall 1999, Spring 2004, Fall 2004)

 

Teaching

Experience

Instructor - Biology Tutorial: DNA Nanotechnology for Biologists, Caltech (Winter, 2011-2012)

· Designed the course, gave lectures, led discussion sessions, and graded course assignments and final grades.

 

Teaching Assistant - General Chemistry Honors, Postech (Fall 2005)

· Managed weekly discussion sessions, composed quizzes, and graded course assignments, quizzes and exams. (Textbook: Principles of Modern Chemistry, David W. Oxtoby & H. Pat Gillis)

· Won the Best TA Award.

 

Teaching Assistant - General Chemistry, Postech (Spring 2005)

· Managed weekly discussion sessions, composed in-class quizzes & part of exams, and graded course assignments, quizzes and exams. (Textbook: Chemistry: A General Chemistry Project of the American Chemical Society, American Chemical Society & Jerry A. Bell)

 

Work

Experience

Interhouse Corporation, Seoul, Korea

in lieu of mandatory military service

Team Manager (Aug. 2003 - Dec. 2003)

Software Programmer (Feb. 2001 - Jul. 2003)

· Developed a company intranet system (document management & approval system), a web site local search engine, an online lottery selling system, etc, using Java, C, php and perl.

 

Professional Service & Activities

· Reviewer for 20th International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA20)

· Reviewer for Journal of the American Chemical Society

· Organizing committee, Bioengineering Lecture Series, Caltech (2010 - 2012)

· Symposium Assistant, Materials Research Society meeting (Apr. 2010)

· TED translator, TED.com (Sep. 2009 – present)

· Laboratory Safety Officer , DNA group, Caltech (Jun. 2009 – Dec. 2013)

· Instrument Manager for Atomic Force Microscopes, DNA group, Caltech (Nov. 2008 – Dec. 2013)

· Co-Chair, Biomedical Engineering session, 18th Annual South-Western Regional Technology Conference, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (Feb. 2008)

· Member, Korean Chemical Society

· Member, Korea Nano Technology Research Society

· Participant, 12th International Meeting on DNA Computing, Seoul, Korea (Jun. 2006)

· Participant, Postech-Nottingham Symposium on Bionanoscience, Postech (Feb. 2005)

· Participant, 4th Postech-Tohoku Academic Symposium on Materials Science (Sep. 2004)