I’m Jin Ho Chung, Director of Institute of Human-Environment Interface Biology

Do you think our Institute's name is unique? The boundary between the human body and the environment is the skin and mucous membranes. Our bodies are in contact with the external environment, bordering on the skin, oral mucosa, respiratory mucosa, and digestive tract mucosa. Therefore, Institute of Human-Environment Interface Biology is an institute that ultimately studies the biological functions and diseases of the skin and mucous membranes.
The skin and mucous membranes play an important role in protecting our body from various stimuli coming from the external environment. When the skin and mucous membranes lose their normal function, our bodies suffer a great deal of abnormality. Therefore, understanding of the normal physiological functions of the skin and mucous membranes, clarifying of the causes when diseases occur in the skin and mucous membranes, and developing of a therapeutic method are very important to keep our body young and healthy.
Not only dermatologists, but also interdisciplinary researchers of otolaryngology, dentistry, physiology and biochemistry are participating in our institute. The purpose of our institute is to understand the functions of skin and mucous membranes and to investigate the influences of them on our body. And the results of our research will be used to develop ways to maintain healthy and beautiful skin, and to discover ways to maintain good human health.
Thank you for your continuous helps and interests.
Jin Ho Chung, MD., Ph.DDirector, Institute of Human-Environment Interface Biology,