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Virus & Infectious Diseases


Following the example of Professor Ho Wang Lee, who isolated the virus which causes epidemic hemorrhagic fever, KU-MAGIC will eradicate MERS and other infectious diseases.

Korea University has made significant achievements in research on viruses and infectious diseases. Today, it is recognized as a global leader in the field. The university boasts world-class research facilities and researchers in related fields including vaccines, diagnostic devices, clinical epidemiology and clinical policies. In addition to the Transgovernmental Enterprise for Pandemic Influenza in Korea led by Professor Woo Joo Kim, the center has developed new cell culture vaccines, influenza antibodies and simultaneous diagnoses techniques. It has also been certified as a BSL-3 research facility.


Comprised of the nation’s best researchers in medicine, pharmaceutics and clinical diagnosis, our research teams will establish an innovative research system of cause, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment to overcome viruses and infectious diseases such as SARS and MERS. This multidisciplinary system will consist of professionals in microbiology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, pharmaceutics, internal medicine, laboratory medicine and medical engineering.


Areas of Research and Innovation

  • Causes and genomes
  • Vaccines
  • Diagnostic devices
  • Development of therapeutics