Kim Jong-il is the director of the Genomic Medicine Institute at Seoul National University Medical Research Center.
He has made achievements in the development of genetics in Korea. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Seoul National University and served as a post-doctoral researcher at both Harvard and the Rockefeller University.
As the professor of Biochemistry at Seoul National University, he is now dedicated to studying gene mapping, human genome variation, cancer genomics, next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics. Based on this, he launched a genetic map analysis in 2006 and deciphered 96% of them.
He focuses on studying genomes and is actively researching how these genetic variants relate to various diseases or traits in humans, based on the discovery of various types of mutations in human genes.