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. Fry, A., Fawcett, K., Zelnik, N., Yuan, H., Thompson, B., Shemer-Meiri, L., Cushion, T., Mugalaasi, H., Sims, D., Stoodley, N., Chung, S., Rees, M., Patel, C., Brueton, L., Layet, V., Giuliano, F., Kerr, M., Banne, E., Meiner, V., Lerman-Sagie, T., Helbig, K., Kofman, L., Knight, K., Chen, W., Kannan, V., Hu, C., Kusumoto, H., Zhang, J., Swanger, S., Shaulsky, G., Mirzaa, G., Muir, A., Mefford, H., Dobyns, W., Mackenzie, A., Mullins, J., Lemke, J., Bahi-Buisson, N., Traynelis, S., Iago, H., Pilz, D. De novo mutations in GRIN1 cause extensive bilateral polymicrogyria Brain
  2. Oegema, R., Cushion, T., Phelps, I., Chung, S., Dempsey, J., Collins, S., Mullins, J., Dudding, T., Gill, H., Green, A., Dobyns, W., Ishak, G., Rees, M., Doherty, D. Recognisable cerebellar dysplasia associated with mutations in multiple tubulin genes Human Molecular Genetics ddv250
  3. Leu, C., Balestrini, S., Maher, B., Hernández-Hernández, L., Gormley, P., Hämäläinen, E., Heggeli, K., Schoeler, N., Novy, J., Willis, J., Plagnol, V., Ellis, R., Reavey, E., O'Regan, M., Pickrell, W., Thomas, R., Chung, S., Delanty, N., McMahon, J., Malone, S., Sadleir, L., Berkovic, S., Nashef, L., Zuberi, S., Rees, M., Cavalleri, G., Sander, J., Hughes, E., Helen Cross, J., Scheffer, I., Palotie, A., Sisodiya, S., Pickrell, O. Genome-wide Polygenic Burden of Rare Deleterious Variants in Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy EBioMedicine
  4. Johnston, A., Kang, J., Shen, W., Pickrell, W., Cushion, T., Davies, J., Baer, K., Mullins, J., Hammond, C., Chung, S., Thomas, R., White, C., Smith, P., Macdonald, R., Rees, M., Pickrell, O. A Novel GABRG2 mutation, p.R136*, in a family with GEFS+ and extended phenotypes Neurobiology of Disease
  5. Cushion, T., Paciorkowski, A., Pilz, D., Mullins, J., Seltzer, L., Marion, R., Tuttle, E., Ghoneim, D., Christian, S., Chung, S., Rees, M., Dobyns, W., Mullins, J., Rees, M. De Novo Mutations in the Beta-Tubulin Gene TUBB2A Cause Simplified Gyral Patterning and Infantile-Onset Epilepsy The American Journal of Human Genetics 94 4 634 641

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  • 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)

    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)

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