User:Yongkeun Park

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YongKeun Park
  • YongKeun (Paul) Park 박용근
  • Department of Physics, Natural Science Building, KAIST
  • 373-1 Guseong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701, Republic of Korea
  • Email: yk.park at


  • 2010.09- Adjuct Professor, Mechanical Engineering, KAIST
  • 2010.06- Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, KAIST
  • 2010.06- Concurrent Professor, Institute for the BioCentury, KAIST
  • 2010.08 Visiting Scientist, MIT


  • 2007-2010, PhD, Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, Harvard-MIT Health science & Technology (Advisor: Subra Suresh and Michael S. Feld)
  • 2005-2007, MS, Mechanical Engineering, MIT (Advisor: Subra Suresh and Michael S. Feld)
  • 1998-2004, BS, (summa cum laude) Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University [mendatory military service in 2001-2003]

Research interests

  1. Biophotonics: cellular imaging using quantitative phase microscopy, digital holography, spectroscopy
  2. Biomechanics: patho-physiology of red blood cell, cell microrheology
  3. Medical imaging: imaging though complex media (tissue), multiple light scattering in tissue

Selected Publications

  • 18 published, ISI SCI citations:190+, h-index:9 (Feb 2011)
  • full publication list can be found here.
  1. Park YK, Best C, Kadizadegan K, Dasari RR, Feld MS, Kuriabova T, Henle ML, Levin AJ, Popescu G, Measurement of red blood cell mechanics during morphological changes, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, (in press)
  2. Park YK, Best C, Auth T, Gov NS, Safran S, Popescu G, Suresh S, and Feld MS, Metabolic remodeling of the human red blood cell membrane, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2010 Jan 26; 107(4) 1289-1294 [cover article]
  3. Park YK, Yamauchi T, Choi W, Dasari R, and Feld MS. Spectroscopic phase microscopy for quantifying hemoglobin concentrations in intact red blood cells. Opt Lett 2009 Dec 1; 34(23) 3668-70.
  4. Park YK, Choi W, Yaqoob Z, Dasari R, Badizadegan K, and Feld MS. Speckle-field digital holographic microscopy. Opt Express 2009 Jul 20; 17(15) 12285-92
  5. Park YK*, Diez-Silva M*, Popescu G, Lykotrafitis G, Choi W, Feld MS, and Suresh S. Refractive index maps and membrane dynamics of human red blood cells parasitized by Plasmodium falciparum. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2008 Sep 16; 105(37) 13730-5 [ also featured on Nature Physics ‘Research Highlights’ (2008), MIT Technology Review (Sep, 2008), MIT news spotlight (Sep. 1, 2008), 매일경제신문 (Sep, 2009), BioPhotonics (Cover Image, Dec, 2008) ]
  6. Park YK, Popescu G, Badizadegan K, Dasari RR, and Feld MS. Diffraction phase and fluorescence microscopy. Opt Express 2006 Sep 4; 14(18) 8263-8
  • *: co-first authors, #: corresponding author

Cover Figures

PNAS (2010) PNAS (2010)

Selected Appointments, Honors and Awards

  • Martha Gray Prize for Excellence in Research, Harvard-MIT HST, 2010
  • Finalist for best presentation award, Society of Engineering Conference, IL, 2008
  • Best Poster Award, US-Korea Conference 2007, DC, 2007
  • Semi-finalist, MIT 100K Entrepreneurship competition, 2007
  • Gold medal(2007) and Bronze medal(2003), SAMSUNG human-tech thesis prize
  • KUSCO Best Presentation Award, 3rd KSEA YGTL Conference, NJ, 2007
  • LG Electronics Best Paper Award, 2nd KSEA YGTL Conference, LA, 2006
  • Best Poster Award, 1st KSEA YGTL Conference, SF, 2005
  • 1st Place, Seoul Natl. Univ.'s Venture Competition, 1999
  • Elected to Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Associate member, 2007 –
  • Samsung Scholarship | Whitaker Health Sciences Fellowship | Cambridge Fellowship | Mokam Health Science Scholarship | KUSCO-KSEA Scholarship | Singapore-MIT Alliance Fellowship for GEM4 summer school | NSF Fellowship for UIUC CCM summer school
  • President, Korean Graduate Student Association in MIT, 2008
  • Journal reviewer: Journal of Membrane Biology, Optics Express, Optics Letters, Applied Optics, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Biomedical Optics Express, Free Radical Research, PLOS ONE