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DNA Flowers

Rolling circle technique-inspired approaches to fabricate functional DNA-inorganic hybrid composites with well-defined size, structures, and properties


The Kim Group (FuNNano Lab) at INU provides diverse, reachable, and equitable environments where we leverage cross-disciplinary tools from material science, bioengineering, nanomedicine, chemical biology, analytical chemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology to utilize the powers of DNA and RNA nanotechnology.


DNA-based materials are attracting so much attention because they allow the design and assembly of well-defined structures by DNA hybridization. Of great importance is the functionalization of those DNA materials with non-nucleic acid components such as proteins and nanoparticles, thereby broadening the bioavailability of materials with limited properties entirely composed of nucleic acids.


Our group aims to develop revolutionary new hybrid bio/nanomaterials using nucleic acids (DNA & RNA) for a wide range of biomedical applications, pursuing advanced drug therapies, bioanalytics, and high-throughput molecular diagnostics of biomarkers of diseases.



Engineering of DNA or RNA as Both Genetic & Generic Materials

  • Chemical Biology of DNA and RNA

  • Design of Innovative DNA/RNA-Based Architectures

  • Expanding to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care Systems

  • Novel Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques

  • Exploring New Hybrid Nanobio Materials

  • Expanding to Advanced Therapy


우리 기능성핵산나노재료 연구실(FuNNano Lab)에서는 열정있는 학부연구생과 대학원생, postdoc을 모집합니다!
아래 연구분야에 관심있는 분은 김은정 교수(, 29호관 506호)에게 연락주세요.

- 연구분야-
체외분자진단, 질병진단 및 약물치료 모니터링
기능성 핵산소재, 나노/바이오 융합소재 개발
​백신전달체, 면역증강제 개발

We are continuously looking for enthusiastic and motivated students and postdocs. If you want like to work with us in a great environment at INU, please contact us for more information.

Working at FuNNano Lab


Our most recent peer reviewed publications

Jaewoo Lim, Seong Uk Son, Jisun Ki, Sunjoo Kim, Jina Lee, Soojin Jang, Seung Beom Seo, Hyowon Jang, Taejoon Kang, Eunjung Kim*, Eun-Kyung Lim*

Biosensors and Bioelectronics (2024)

Sojeong Lee, Eunjung Kim, Chae-Eun Moon, Chaewon Park, Jong-Woo Lim, Min Seok Baek, Moo-Kwang Shin, Jisun Ki, Haana Cho*, Yong Woo Ji*, and Seungjoo Haam*

Nature Communications (2023)

Membrane Rigidity-Tunable Fusogenic Nanosensor for High Throughput Detection of Fusion-Competent Influenza A Virus

Chaewon Park, Eunjung Kim, Geunseon Park, Byoung Choul Kim, Srivithya Vellampatti, Jong-Woo Lim, Sojeong Lee, Soohyung Chung, Sung-Hoon Jun, Sangyoon Lee, Sajid Ali, Minjoo Yeom, Daesub Song*, Seungjoo Haam*

Advanced Functional Materials (2023)

Rapid Visible Detection of African Swine Fever Virus Using Hybridization Chain Reaction-Sensitized Magnetic Nanoclusters and Affinity Chromatography

Hyo Lee, Sojeong Lee, Chaewon Park, Minjoo Yeom, Jong-Woo Lim, Thi Thu Hang Vu, Eunjung Kim*, Daesub Song*, Seungjoo Haam*

Small (2023)

A Highly Specific and Flexible Detection Assay Using Collaborated Actions of DNA-Processing Enzymes for Identifying Multiple Gene Expression Signatures in Breast Cancer

Dain Kim, Jiyoung Lee, Jueun Han, Jaewoo Lim, Eun-Kyung Lim*, Eunjung Kim*

Analyst (2023)

A Flap Endonuclease 1-assisted Universal Viral Nucleic Acid Sensing System Using Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering

Joowon Park, Jinyoung Kim, Chaewon Park, Jong-Woo Lim, Minjoo Yeom, Daesub Song, Eunjung Kim*, Seungjoo Haam*

Analyst (2022)

Isothermal Amplification-mediated Lateral Flow Biosensors for In Vitro Diagnosis of Gastric Cancer-related MicroRNAs

Seung Beom Seo, Jin-Seong Hwang, Eunjung Kim, Kyujung Kim, Seokbeom Roh, Gyudo Lee, Jaewoo Lim, Byunghoon Kang, Soojin Jang, Seong Uk Son, Taejoon Kang, Juyeon Jung, Jang-Seong Kim, Keun-Hur, Tae-Su Han*, Eun-Kyung Lim*

Talanta (2022)

Simultaneous Dual-Targeted Monitoring of Breast Cancer Circulating miRNA via Surace-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

Jinyoung Kim, Joowon Park, Jisun Ki, Hyun Wook Rho, Yong-Min Huh, Eunjung Kim, Hye Young Son*, Seungjoo Haam*

Biosensors and Bioelectronics (2022)

Kinetic Stability Modulation of Polymeric Nanoparticles for Enhanced Detection of Influenza Virus via Penetration of Viral Fusion Peptides

Chaewon Park, Jong-Woo Lim, Geunseon Park, Hyun-Ouk Kim, Sojeong Lee, Yuri H. Kwon, Seong-Eun Kim, Minjoo Yeom, Woonsung Na, Daesub Song, Eunjung Kim*, Seungjoo Haam*

Journal of Materials Chemistry B (2021)

Eunjung Kim, Eun-Kyung Lim, Geuseon Park, Caewon Park, Jong-Woo Lim, Hyo Lee, Woonsung Na, Minjoo Yeom, Jinyoung Kim, Daesub Song*, Seungjoo Haam*

Advanced Materials (2021)

Jeff C. Hsiao, Tomas Buryska, Eunjung Kim, Philip D. Howes*, Andrew J. deMello*

Nanoscale (2021)

Nayoung Kim, Eunjung Kim, Hyemin Kim, Michael R. Thomas, Adrian Najer, Molly M. Stevens*

Advanced Materials (2021)

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