Korea’s Largest Brain Research Organization.

Starting its scientific journey from 2011, KIST Brain Science Institute(BSI) has achieved a world-class standing in the field of neuroscience and become one of Korea’s leading research institutes in this area.
Due to its diverse fields of expertise, BSI is capable of responding to even the most complex problems in human physiology.

Various techniques-such as gene mining, connectome-building novel molecule synthesis, and microelectromechanical systems usage-serve as the driving force for our basic and translational research. Thanks to a workforce of over 250 people from different academic backgrounds and fields of expertise, BSI continues to strive for solutions to the most elusive and perplexing problems in neuroscience.

Our Research



Understanding the brain mechanisms for cognitive functions from the inclusive levels of molecular, cellular, circuit and systemRead More »

Functional Connectomics

Understanding brain synaptic circuitry and molecular/cellular mechanisms of synaptic function using cutting-edge optogenetic, imaging, electrophysiology, and molecular biology techniquesRead More »


Developing novel chemical tools such as imaging probes and therapeutic agents for neurological disorderRead More »


Focusing on nano-bio and MEMS technologies that can be applied to life sciences and medical areas.Read More »

Diagnosis, Treatment and Care System of Dementia

Developing integrated solutions for early prediction, cure, and care of DementiaRead More »

Sensory Research

Using cutting-edge technologies like electrophysiology, imaging, and molecular biological techniques.Read More »

Glia-Neuron Interaction

Our aim is to reveal the role of astrocytes in brain functionality in order to determine the cause of all forms of intractable cerebropathiaRead More »