American Journal of Biomedical Engineering

American Journal of Biomedical Engineering provides a forum for the publication of the latest developments in biomedical engineering, and reflects the essential multidisciplinary nature of the subject. The journal publishes in-depth critical reviews, scientific papers and technical notes.

YongKeun Park

Editorial Board Member of American Journal of Biomedical Engineering

Associate Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

Research Areas

Biomedical Optics, Biophysics


2010Ph.D Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
2007M.ScMechanical Engineering, MIT
2004B.ScMechanical Engineering, Seoul National University


2010Adjunct Professor,KAIST,Mechanical Engineering,Visiting Scientist, MIT,Assistant Professor, KAIST, Department of Physics
2005-2010 Research Assistant, MIT Laser Biomedical Research Center
2004-2005 Research Assistant, SNU, Institute of Advanced Design and Machinery

Academic Achievement

Travel fellowship for ECI conference, 2011
Martha Gray Prize for Excellence in Research, Harvard-MIT HST, 2010
Mokam Health Science Scholarship, 2008
Whitaker Health Sciences Fellowship, 2007-2008
Samsung Scholarship, 2007-2010
NSF Fellowship for UIUC CCM summer school, 2007
Singapore-MIT Alliance Fellowship for GEM4 summer school, 2007
KUSCO-KSEA Scholarship,2007
Cambridge Fellowship, 2005-2007
President, Korean Graduate Student Association in MIT, 2008
Best Poster Award, US-Korea Conference 2007, DC, 2007
Semi-finalist, MIT 100K Entrepreneurship competition, 2007
Gold medal, 13th SAMSUNG human-tech thesis prize, 2007
Bronze medal, 10th SAMSUNG human-tech thesis prize, 2003
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

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums/Journals/Books

[1]  Debnath SK, Park YK, Opt Lett, accepted.
[2]  Cho S, Kim S, Kim Y, Park YK, Trends in Biotechnology, in press.
[3]  Chandramohanadas R, Park YK, Lui L, Li A, Quinn D, Liew K, Diez-Silva M, Sung Y, Dao M, Lim CT, Preiser PR, Suresh S, Biophysics of malarial parasite exit from infected erythrocytes, PLoS ONE, 17 Jun 2011, 6, e20869.
[4]  Ben-Isaac E, Park YK, Popescu G, Brown FLH, Gov NS, Shoker Y, Effective temperature of red-blood-cell membrane fluctuations, Phys. Rev. Lett., 8 Jun 2011, 106, 238103-6.
[5]  Park YK, Best C, Kuriabova T, Henle ML, Feld MS, Levine AJ, Popescu G, Measurement of the nonlinear elasticity of red blood cell membranes, Phys. Rev. E, 27 May 2011, 83, 051925-30.
[6]  Park YK, Best-Popescu CA, Dasari RR, Popescu G, Light scattering of human red blood cell during metabolic remodeling of the membrane, Journal of Biomedical Optics, 2011 Jan 27, 16, 011013-7.
[7]  Garai J, D'Angelo JA, Park YK, Summa CM, Aiken ML, Morales E, Badizadegan K, Fiebiger E, and Dickinson BL, Crosstalk Between PKA and Epac Regulates the Phenotypic Maturation and Function of Human Dendritic Cells, J. Immunology, 2010 Aug 20, 185, 3227-3238.
[8]  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, 2010 Apr 13; 107(15) 6731-6.
[9]  Park YK, Diez M, Fu D, Popescu G, Choi W, Barman I, Suresh S, and Feld MS, Static and Dynamic Light Scattering of healthy and malaria parasite invaded red blood cells, Journal of Biomedical Optics, 2010 Apr 5; 15(2) 020506-8.
[10]  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].
[11]  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.
[12]  Fu D, Choi W, Sung Y, Oh S, Yaqoob Z, Park YK, Dasari RR, and Feld MS, Ultraviolet refractometry using field-based light scattering spectroscopy, Opt Express 17, 18878 2009 [ also featured on Nature Photonics 'Research Highlights' (2009) ].
[13]  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.
[14]  Yaqoob Z, Choi W, Oh S, Lue N, Park YK, Fang-Yen C, Dasari RR, Badizadegan K, and Feld MS. Improved phase sensitivity in spectral domain phase microscopy using line-field illumination and self phase-referencing. Opt Express 2009 Jun 22; 17(13) 10681-7.
[15]  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 A2008 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) ].
[16]  Popescu G, Park YK, Lue N, Best-Popescu C, Deflores L, Dasari RR, Feld MS, and Badizadegan K. Optical imaging of cell mass and growth dynamics. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 2008 Aug; 295(2) C538-44.
[17]  Popescu G, Park YK, Choi W, Dasari RR, Feld MS, and Badizadegan K. Imaging red blood cell dynamics by quantitative phase microscopy, Blood Cells Mol Dis 2008 Jul-Aug; 41(1) 10-6.
[18]  Amin MS, Park YK, Lue N, Dasari RR, Badizadegan K, Feld MS, and Popescu G. Microrheology of red blood cell membranes using dynamic scattering microscopy. Opt Express 2007 Dec 10; 15(25) 17001-9.
[19]  Popescu G, Park YK, Dasari RR, Badizadegan K, and Feld MS. Coherence properties of red blood cell membrane motions. Phys Rev E 2007 Sep; 76(3 Pt 1) 031902.
[20]  Fang-Yen C, Oh S, Park YK, Choi W, Song S, Seung HS, Dasari RR, and Feld MS. Imaging voltage-dependent cell motions with heterodyne Mach-Zehnder phase microscopy. Opt Lett 2007 Jun 1; 32(11) 1572-4.
[21]  Park YK, Popescu G, Badizadegan K, Dasari RR, and Feld MS. Fresnel particle tracing in three dimensions using diffraction phase microscopy. Opt Lett 2007 Apr 1; 32(7) 811-3.
[22]  Yoon G, Park YK, and Kim Y, Element stacking method for topology optimization with material-dependent boundary and loading conditions, J of Mech of Mater and Struct 2, 2007.
[23]  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.