Yongku received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and B.S. from Seoul National University, both in Chemical Engineering. During his time in the group, he worked on molecular engineering of light-activated proteins. He then went on to start an assistant professor position at the University of Connecticut in the department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.
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