Jong Bhak

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Jong Bhak

Jong Bhak is the director of Genome Research Foundation (GRF) since 2010 and CEO of genomics division of TheragenEtex Ltd, Korea, since 2009.


He has worked on a broad range of bioinformatics problems with interests in computer hardware, operating systems, programming, and applications. He joined Seoul National University in 1986 to study veterinary medicine (not finished).
He received his BSc. Honours in biochemistry from Aberdeen University UK in 1994. He did his Ph.D. in BioInformatics from MRC Centre, Cambridge in 1997 with Drs Tim Hubbard and Cyrus Chothia. He joined Church lab at Harvard Medical School in 1998 as a postdoc for DNA chip analyses. He worked as a research fellow in EBI from 1999 until 2001.In 2001, he joined MRC-DUNN, Cambridge, as a group leader to research on geronto-genomics. In 2003, he became an associate professor at KAIST, Korea.


He is a proponent of an openfree information sharing in science. He advocates free genomics projects. His group analyzed the first Korean human genome and the first publically available female genome. His current genomics projects include Tiger Reference genome project (finished under review), whale reference genome project (finished under review), gastric cancer genome analyses, and Billion Genomes (BiG) project. He has acquired over 30 million USD in the last 8 years for research funding in Korea. He is an active member (co-chair) of PAPGI (Pan Asia Population Genomics Initiative). His life time goal is to cure all the diseases and aging. He has led a commercial entity since 2009 to develop and market personal genetic information (HelloGene) and developed commercial genome sequencing and analysis service in Korea (Totalomics.kr).