Group Members

Lab director

HyungGoo Kim majored in Computer Science and Engineering at Seoul National University. He started professional career as a software engineer. After realizing the limitations of intelligent agents at that time, he became interested in the brain. He joined the laboratory of Dr. Choongkil Lee in Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Seoul National University. He was further trained in visual neurophysiology, psychophysical methods, and computational modeling during graduate school under the supervision of Dr. Gregory DeAngelis in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. He then switched from NHP to mice and joined the laboratory of Dr. Naoshige Uchida in Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University to study dopamine system. His long-term goal is to elucidate learning mechanisms in the brain that can be adapted to improve artificial intelligence.

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Graduate students

Jihye Yang

Jihye has an interest in dopamine dynamics while association and dissociation occur in the brain. Through studying correlations between neural activity and behavior, she pursues a feasible method to help people who suffer from memories with unpleasant emotions evoked, such as PTSD. Since she received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Bioscience, she ideally wishes to integrate her knowledge of molecular neuroscience with circuitry or behavioral level in a computational way. This lab makes Yang fascinated with state-of-the-art techniques for analyzing dopamine activities corresponding to behaviors - which deepens her understanding of various dopamine responses involved in Reward Prediction Errors (RPEs) and Punishment Prediction Errors (PPEs).
email: sophia.yang@g.skku.edu

Jihwan Kim

Jihwan is interested in RL and decision-making, specifically how different types of cost is integrated in learning agent’s brain. In his experience at cognitive neuroscience laboratory followed by his previous experience in behavioral research on rats, he has developed a keen interest in studying neural mechanisms of reinforcement learning and decision-making process in rodents. He aims to disentangle how different types of costs affect reward-processing circuit via behavioral and neural quantification of cost-benefit decision making model. Ultimately, his goal is to apply his findings during his time in NeuRLab further in both clinical and scientific research regarding different neuropsychiatric diseases characterized with reward-processing deficit. He hopes that such approach can also be in harmony with computational modeling which can be applied and generalized across different field of industries.
email: koei3307@gmail.com

Ben Dougen

Ben received his bachelor’s in Neuroscience and master’s in Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities working with the Carroll and Kerlin labs respectively. His interest is in reward circuitry as it pertains to addiction and discovery of new treatments for addiction pathology. His goal is to combine classical behavioral methods with new technologies in neuroimaging to better understand the molecular and cellular underpinnings that give rise to the complex behaviors exhibited during addiction.
email: bdougen@gmail.com

Yelda Asgari

Yelda has received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Ankara University Turkiye. Yelda is interested in mental disorders and dopamine mechanisms linked with them. Currently, there is still so much unknown and so many things to discover about mental disorders. Since she was interested in biomaterials during bachelor’s degree by joining NeuRLab Yelda wishes to develop more effective treatments for mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia.
email: yeldasgari@g.skku.edu

Researcher

Hoyeon Jang

Hoyeon received his bachelors degree at Hanyang University ERICA campus with a major in Computer Science. He is interested in the intersection of reinforcement learning models and brain inspired artifical intelligence. To that end, his goal is to pursue study of neural signals (especially reward) in the brain via computer model based approaches.
email: hoyeon912@g.skku.edu

Undergraduate students

URP = undergraduate research program

Seungyub Lee

Seungyub is majoring in Global Biomedical Engineering at SKKU. He is interested in interpreting various phenomena such as learning through imagination and dreams through the overall mechanism of brain function. He wants to learn various areas of neuroscience and learn about life in the lab by joining in the lab.

  • URP, 2021 summer; BS/MS program

Jongwon Yun

Jongwon is majoring in Global Biomedical Engineering at SKKU. He joined this lab since he was fascinated by Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs). He wants to study how the neural signals are processed and applied to more advanced ANN models. In line with that, he is currently learning about the dimensional reduction of neural data.

  • URP, 2021 winter; BS/MS program

Jongheon Kim

Jongheon is majoring in Computer Science and Engineering at SKKU. He is interested in the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence. He wants to learn the brain mechanisms by combining neural network with neuroscience. By joining this lab, he is willing to understand how the human brain coherently learns and how we can solve complex problems through a computational simulation or modeling of the brain.

  • URP, 2022 1st semester

Mijoo Park

Mijoo is majoring in Biomedical Engineering at SKKU. She is widely interested in emotional feedbacks made from stimuli and neural mechanims of decision making in interaction with outside-world. She wishes to explore and learn how brain works with different steps happening inside. By studying in this lab, she is expecting to narrow her interest through chances.

  • URP, 2021 winter; BS/MS program

Yeowon Kim

Yeowon is majoring Global Biomedical Engineering at SKKU. She is interested in the interaction between AI and neuroscience. Specifically, she was interested by the fact that AI and deep learning can help us understand how computation works in the brain. By joining this lab, she wishes to learn more about artificial neural network and further understand how the brain works.

  • URP, 2022 1st semester

Nawoon Kwon

Nawoon is majoring in Global Biomedical Engineering at SKKU. She is interested in how different stimuli effect different neural mechanisms. By joining this lab, she wishes to explore the way visual environmental inputs effect the neural decision making mechanism. She also hopes to explore various neural activities and narrow her interest in studying.

  • ExCool, 2022

Former members

Researchers and graduate students

  • Hogyu Choi was a researcher, 2021-2022.

Bachelor Students

  • Gwang Je Ahn, Advanced Materials Science and Engineering at SKKU (2021).

  • Minsun Seong, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2021).

  • Taeyeon Weon, Biological Science at Korea University (2021).

  • Jiwon Bu, Biological Sciences at Imperial College London (2021).

  • Wooyoung Cho, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2021).

  • Chanho Jang, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2021).

  • Dongmin Sa, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2021).

  • Hyeongdo Jeon, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2021).

  • Hyeyoon Jung, Biology and Psychology at Korea University (2021).

  • Jaecheol Park, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2021). He wrote an undergraduate thesis entitled “Comparison of neural activity between biological and recurrent neural network”.

  • Lumi Lee, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2021 - 2022, URP).

  • Sohee Moon, Integrative Biotechnology at SKKU (2022, URP).

  • Yejin Lee, Integrative Biotechnology at SKKU (2022, URP).

  • Seongha Choi, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2022, ExCool).

  • Hyujun Gu, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2022, ExCool).

  • Yunah Lee, Integrative Biotechnology at SKKU (2022, URP).

  • Siyoung Choi, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2021-2).

  • GunWoo Kim, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2022, Co-Deep Learning (Gtopia)).

  • JeonSeok Baek, Biomedical Engineering at SKKU (2022, Co-Deep Learning (Gtopia)).

  • Jinhwan Jeong, Integrative Biotechnology at SKKU (2022, URP).

  • Yewon Cho, Integrative Biotechnology at SKKU (2022, URP).