Dr Seo-Kyung Chung
Honorary Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 513400
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Dr Seo-Kyung Chung is an Associate Professor in the Swansea University Medical School (SUMS) where she has established a Molecular Neuroscience Research Team since 2005. She has extensive research experience in investigating cardiac and neurological disorders and worked in various institutions including UCL (UK), the Queensland Brain Institute (Australia) and the University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research (New Zealand).  She has gained her BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and DipSci (specialised in Bioinformatics) at the University of Auckland. Dr Chung was awarded a PhD in Neuroscience & Genetics in 2010 and recently a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCHE) from Swansea University. She was a recipient of a prestigious Epilepsy Research UK Fellowship in 2011 and a winner of The Age UK Award for Outstanding Impact in Health and Wellbeing in 2015.

Dr Chung is the Swansea representative of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) and a collaborator in the HCRW BRAIN Unit, Wales Gene Park and Welcome Trust Synaptopathy Programme at UCL. She is a Fellow of Higher Education Academic (FHEA) and a Member of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the Society for Neuroscience (SFN).  She is interested in creating high-quality neuroscience & genetics programmes integrating current research into teaching.  Her research team offers well-established research / work experience programmes to undergraduate and postgraduate students. 


Areas of Expertise

  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular and cellular assays
  • Mutation analysis of neurological disorders
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Biobanking
  • Epilepsy
  • Hyperekplexia
  • Functional characterisation of mutations
  • Neurodevelomental disorders


  1. Rees, M, Harvey, K, Pearce, B, Chung, S, Duguid, I, Thomas, P, Beatty, S, Graham, G, Armstrong, L, Shiang, R, Abbott, K, Zuberi, S, Stephenson, J, Owen, M, Tijssen, M, Maagdenberg, A, Smart, T, Supplisson, S, Harvey, R Mutations in the gene encoding GlyT2 (SLC6A5) define a presynaptic component of human startle diseaseNature Genetics387801806
  2. Thomas, R, Harvey, R, Lynch, J, Rees, M, Andermann, E, Andermann, F, Christodoulou, J, Shiang, R, Harvey, K, Ferrie, C, Gurses, C, Masri, A, Kruer, M, Ryan, M, Freilinger, M, Hammond, C, Hantke, J, Robinson, A, Mullins, J, Vanbellinghen, J, Chung, S, Gilbert, D Pathophysiological Mechanisms of Dominant and Recessive GLRA1 Mutations in HyperekplexiaJournal of Neuroscience302896129620
  3. Vanbellinghen, J, Gill, J, Capper, D Startle disease in Irish wolfhounds associated with a microdeletion in the glycine transporter GlyT2 geneNeurobiology of Disease431184189
  4. Rice, K, Dickinson, G, Lane, M Elevated serum gastrin levels in Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome: A marker of severe KCNQ1 dysfunction?Heart Rhythm84551554
  5. Gladding, P, Evans, C, Crawford, J Posthumous diagnosis of long QT syndrome from neonatal screening cardsHeart Rhythm74481486

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  • PM-304 Biomolecular Research Project


  • PM-344 Capstone Project

    The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students┬┐ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. Depending on the student's employability strand within the programme, the project may be laboratory, data, or education-based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.

  • PM-400 Advanced Research Project A

    The advanced research project is a key component of the final year of study, providing students with experience of conducting cutting-edge research in the Institute of Life Science and Centre for Nanohealth over an 9-month period. The project will fall into one of the current medically-related research themes: Biomarkers and Genes; Microbes and Immunity; Devices. Students will employ a range of advanced analytical procedures to investigate a specific topic. In addition, they will gain experience in preparing a research proposal and presenting their data in various formats. Research topics will be assigned that are appropriate to a specific degree title. For example, a Genetics student could be assigned a project investigating gene function in an insect vector of a tropical disease, using the technique of RNA interference. The advanced research project is divided between 2 modules, PM-400 and PM-402. PM-400 includes the following components: (1) Preparation of a research poster, (2) A 15-minute audio recording giving a presentation of the research area, (3) Lab performance and (4) Oral defence of the project in an open viva (20-minute presentation followed by 10-minutes of questions).


  • Analysis of potential mRNA splice-affecting gene-variants identified in epilepsy families and cases (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Jonathan Mullins
    Other supervisor: Prof Mark Rees
  • Exploring emerging data types for epilepsy research: Electronic Healthcare records, free texts and genetic mutation. (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Xianghua Xie
    Other supervisor: Prof Mark Rees