Health Sciences and Technology (HST) is a field that works with information technology to nurture industries for future growth. Although several departments of KAIST have been working on state-of-the-art HST and advanced research skills, these efforts are not enough to create new value or come up with a vision to explore new markets. KIHST aims to develop new high-impact technologies through the combination of medicine and engineering and provide a new platform for the future health market. To achieve this, biophotonics, neuroimaging and neuromodulation and Therpeutic Bioengineering are set as core competencies to establish an infrastructure that can integrate the R&D working groups of KAIST's multidisciplinary departments for synergistic results. In addition, translational medicine engineering will be carried out to help develop and apply practical health technologies that reflect the real needs of the medical field.
The main research areas of the research center include the development of high-performance 3D microvasculature imaging systems, holographic microscopes to improve their application, depth enhancement methods in deep tissue imaging of living mice, the discovery of systolic lactic acid in the living small intestine, the development of real-time high-resolution imaging technology for intestinal lipid absorption processes, ultra-high-speed intracoronary imaging in a single heartbeat, high-efficiency anti-cancer nanotechnology for uniform delivery of anticancer drugs to the entire tumor, the use of metamaterials to distort broadband wavelengths of light, and the development of real-time nanoimaging through nanoparticle scattering , ultra-precision photonics research based on ultra-short femtosecond lasers, etc.