Welcome to BioLines Laboratory

Education & Training


Harvard University, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, 2009-2012

Wyss Technology Development Fellow & Research Associate

Harvard Medical School & Children's Hospital Boston, 2007-2009

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2004-2007

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000-2002

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Seoul National University, 1994-2000

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering



Academic Appointments


Assistant Professor, 07/2019-present

Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor, 08/2013-06/2019

Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Wilf Family Term Endowed Chair, 08/2013-present

University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor, 03/2012-07/2013

Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, Seoul National University



Honors & Awards


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Award, 2020

Bernard Langer Distinguished Lectureship, University of Toronto, 2019

Lush Prize (with a monetary prize of £50,000), Lush, 2018

Alice R. McPherson Distinguished Lectureship, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2018

The CRI Technology Impact Award, Cancer Research Institute, 2017

John J. Ryan Medal, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2017

Analytical Chemistry Young Innovator Award, Analytical Chemistry and the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS), 2016

Finalist, 2015 National Collegiate Inventors Competition, 2015

Design of the Year Award, London Design Museum, 2015

Best Product Design of the Year Award, London Design Museum, 2015

TEDx Fellow, Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED), 2015

Lifetime Membership, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 2015

Featured Designer for Organs-on-Chips acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, 2015

NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2014

New England’s Breakthrough Inventions and Inventors, Museum of Science & Boston Patent Law Association, 2013

Wilf Family Term Endowed Chair, University of Pennsylvania (2013 – present), 2013

NC3Rs Annual Award, National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction of Animals in Research, London, 2013

Best Paper Award, Korean Society of Medical and Biological Engineering, 2012

SLAS Innovation Award, Society for Lab Automation and Screening, 2012

Finalist, INDEX: Design for Life Award, 2011

The Top 100 Science Stories of 2010, Discover Magazine, 2011

Scientific Breakthrough of the Year, American Thoracic Society, 2011

Best Publication Award, Nanotoxicology Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2011

Best Postdoctoral Award, In Vitro and Alternative Methods Annual Competition, Society of Toxicology, 2011

Wyss Technology Development Fellowship, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, 2009-2012

Best Poster Award, 2007 Gordon Research Conference on Physics and Chemistry of Microfluidics, 2007

Best Talk of the Year Award, Microfluidics Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, University of Michigan, 2007

Best Poster Award in Tissue Engineering and Biomechanics, 2006 Engineering Symposium, University of Michigan, 2006

Distinguished Achievement Award, University of Michigan 2005

Best Poster Award, 2005 NASA Bioscience and Engineering Institute Symposium, 2005

Horace H. Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2005

Widmer Best Poster Award, 2004 International Conference on Miniaturized Systems in Chemistry and Life Sciences (microTAS 2004), 2004

Mechanical Engineering Department Scholarship, Seoul National University, 1997-1999