LIMB congratulates Dr. Chung Hoo Yoon!

2023 February 15, Cheonan, South Korea


Congratulations Dr. Chung Hoo Yoon for successfully completing your Ph.D. Degree!!

Dr. Chung Hoo Yoon is joining the roster of LIMB graduates as he has also successfully completed his Ph.D. degree and is included in Dankook University’s graduate class of 2023. During his Ph.D., Dr. Yoon was also working as the Fermented Milk Team Leader at the Research and Development Center of Maeil Dairy Co. Under the supervision of Dr. Dae Kyung Kang, Dr. Yoon worked on his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Screening and Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria Derived from Traditional Fermented Foods for Development of Cognitive Function-improving Probiotics”. Dr. Yoon’s perseverance and hard work are inspirations to current LIMB members.


Again, congratulations Dr. Chung Hoo Yoon! And cheers to your future undertakings.



Job well done! LIMB celebrates its members’ graduation

Congratulations to LIMB 2023 graduates Dr. In-Chan Hwang and Mr. Jeong Min Yoo, M.Sc.!!

Professor Dae-Kyung Kang and LIMB members were all present to congratulate Dr. In-Chan Hwang and Mr. Jeong Min Yoo, M.Sc. on their graduation. From left to right: Young Hee Lee (undergraduate intern), Dr. In-Chan Hwang, Remilyn Mendoza (Ph.D. student), Prof. Dae-Kyung Kang, Song Ji Hoon (combined MS-Ph.D student), Mr. Jeong Min Yoo, M.Sc., Jaeseung Lee (combined MS-Ph.D student), and Robie Vasquez (combined MS-Ph.D student). 

2023 February 15, Cheonan, South Korea.

Two LIMB members finally completed their graduate studies, In-Chan Hwang Ph.D., and Jeong Min Yoo, M.Sc. For his Ph.D. dissertation, Dr. In-Chan Hwang worked on the development of a Lactiplantibacillus plantarum-based vector expressing SARS-CoV2 antigen that elicited an immune response in immune cells and mice. This study opens a possibility on the use of lactic acid bacteria in the development of mucosal vaccines. Meanwhile, Mr. Jeong Min Yoo worked on the characterization of an anti-listerial bacteriocin, agilicin C7, from Ligilactobacillus agilis C7. Both added valuable contributions to the pool of knowledge on lactic acid bacteria.  Dr. Hwang is currently preparing for his post-doctoral application while Mr. Yoo has started working as a Research Scientist in a private company. 

(Left ) Dr. In-Chan Hwang and Dr. Dae-Kyung Kang     (Right) Dr. Dae-Kyung Kang and Mr. Jeong Min Yoo, M.Sc. 

LIMB 2023 graduates (left) Dr. In-Chan Hwang and (right) Mr. JeongMin Yoo, M.Sc.


Again, congratulations to our 2023 graduates! Cheers to new beginnings and good luck with your future endeavors!



Learn and play! LIMB goes to Yongpyeong Resort for the KMB Winter Symposium and their Annual lab trip

January 16-18, 2023. Yongpyeong, South Korea.

LIMB members together with their professor, Prof. Dae-Kyung Kang, went to Yongpyeong Resort in Gangwon-do to attend the Korean Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (KMB)'s winter symposium with the theme: 2023 KMB's choice: Five Leading Technologies in Microbiology and Biotechnology. In the said symposium, LIMB  members headed by Prof. Kang listened to presentations related to carbon neutral, culturomics, microbiome, protein design/engineering, and synthetic biology.

Professor Dae-Kyung Kang and LIMB members at the KMB winter symposium

And while they're at it, LIMB also took the opportunity to rest, play, and unwind during the trip and had their lab trip in Yongpyeong Ski Resort. With the work accomplished last year, and the work that is awaiting everyone this year, it was a good time to rest and plan the year ahead. To a fruitful 2023, LIMB! 

LIMB members after playing and enjoying some free time in a ski resort


Professor Dae-Kyung-Kang and Jeong Min Yoo attended the 2022 Fall Symposium Korean Society for Food Science of Animal Resources (KoSFA) held at Konkuk University, Korea on November 4, 2022.

Before the symposium, the 2022 Regular General Meeting of the Korean Society for Food Science of Animal Resources was held. At this annual general meeting, Professor Kang was appointed as Vice President of the said society.

The symposium, with the theme “Food-Tech Revolution in Livestock Food Industry” aims to strengthen and develop domestic and foreign livestock food industries. The symposium also aims to communicate useful information amongst its esteemed members.

Professor Kang was also invited to present during the symposium. His presentation was titled “Multiomic Analysis for the Characterization of Probiotic Properties".

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LIMB members, In-Chan Hwang and Ji Hoon Song attended the 12th Asian Conference on Lactic Acid Bacteria (ACLAB12) held at BORNEO CONVENTION CENTER KUCHING (BCCK), Sarawak, Malaysia on October 10-13.

This conference, the Malaysian Society for Lactic Acid Bacteria (MSLAB) hosted the conference under the auspices of the Asian Federation of Societies for Lactic Acid Bacteria (AFSLAB). 

The main objective of ACLAB12 was to disseminate cutting edge developments on LAB. The conference theme of ACLAB12: “Evidence-based LAB: advances, opportunities and challenges” encompassed 8 tracks of scientific sessions.

The 12th ACLAB has become a major platform to showcase the rapid advancement of LAB-based research and technology that will facilitate networking and collaboration with diverse stakeholders.

In addition to attending, LIMB member In-Chan Hwang presented a poster titled "Oral Immunization with Recombinant SARS-CoV-2 Antigens Displayed on the Surface of Lactiplantibacillus plantarum Elicits Immune Responses in Mice".

LIMB members also met LIMB alumna Professor Marilen P. Balolong at the conference. They attended her oral presentation "Health-promoting properties of Lactiplantibacillus plantarum BS25 and Pediococcus acidilactici 3G3: Understanding lactic acid bacteria-host interaction".

Jeju Island, South Korea. Several members of the Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (LIMB) headed by their Professor, Dr. Dae-Kyung Kang flew to Jeju Island, South Korea to attend and participate in the 19th Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production (AAAP), Animal Science Congress 2022 held at the ICC JEJU on August 23-26. With this year’s theme: Animal Production for Human & Nature, Professor Kang was invited as one of the plenary speakers, while Mr. Robie Vasquez (combined MS/Ph.D. student) and Mr. Jeong Min Yoo (MS student) participated in the Young Scientist Competition and Poster Presentation, respectively.

LIMB members with their head Professor, Dr. Dae-Kyung Kang, snapped a photo outside ICC JEJU where the 19th AAAP Animal Science Congress was held. In the photo from left to right are: Remilyn Mendoza (Ph.D. student), Jeong Min Yoo (MS student), Dr. Kang Dae-Kyung (Head Professor of LIMB), Ji Hoon Song (combined MS/Ph.D. student), In-Chan Hwang (Ph.D. student), and Robie Vasquez (combined MS/Ph.D. student)

Dr. Dae-Kyung Kang opening his plenary speech with his presentation entitled “Multi-omics approach to characterize animal probiotics: Limosilactobaciilus mucosae LM1 as a model”

Mr.  Jeong Min Yoo beside his poster presenting a portion of his MS study about the characterization of bacteriocin-like substance from Ligilactobacillus agilis C7 with anti-listerial activity

Mr. Robie Vasquez presenting a subset of his MS/Ph.D. study entitled: Limosilactobacillus mucosae LM1 altered gut microbiome structure and increased SCFA in growing pigs, for the Young Scientist Competition

The LIMB is proud to share that Mr. Robie Vasquez was awarded as one of the Outstanding Young Scientists under the Animal Biotechnology Division. Congratulations, Robie!  Your LIMB family is very proud of you. Keep it up!

Mr. Robie Vasquez along with the other recipients of the Outstanding Young Scientist award

A proud mentor-mentee moment after the awarding ceremony. Robie Vasquez (left) and Professor Dae-Kyung Kang (right) snapped a photo showing off the Outstanding Young Scientist Award certificate 



Prof. D-K Kang and members of the Quadram Institute during a workshop.

Prof. Dae-Kyung Kang attended the workshop for a BBSRC-funded international partnership on fermented foods and lactic acid bacteria, hosted by Prof. Arjan Narbad at Quadram Institute, Norwith, UK, during Aug 10-15, 2022. This BBSRC-funded grant, from 2022 to 2026, includes holding workshops, reciprocal exchange visits, sharing knowledge, skills training of early stage researchers, development of collaborative research projects, etc.

A great start for future collaborations !

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