Dr. Young Jik Kwon is a professor at UC Irvine in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry departments. Following his undergraduate education in Biological Engineering at Inha University, Dr. Kwon received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California with a focus on retroviral gene delivery in 2003 and did postdoctoral training in chemistry at UC Berkeley on polymeric vaccine carriers. He currently oversees research at the BioTherapeutics Engineering Laboratory (BioTEL) at UC Irvine and his current projects mainly focus on gene therapy, drug delivery, vaccines, and regenerative medicine application using recombinant viruses, stimuli-degradable polymers, nanoantibiotics, and cellular vesicles. Dr. Kwon’s work was awarded the Medical Research Award from Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research in 2011, the Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation in 2010, and the Faculty Career Development Award from UC Irvine in 2008. He was also an invited scholar to Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2013-2015) and a Brain Pool Scholar in Korea University in Seoul, Korea (2015-2016). In 2017, he co-founded startup companies, Responsive Polymers Therapeutics, Inc. and Jupiter Therapeutics, Inc, based on his research discoveries. He has recently been selected in 2021 to be a Faculty Innovation Fellow of the Beall Applied Innovation, the technology transfer and start-up incubation group at UC Irvine.