Report of The Fourth A3 Roundtable Meeting on Asia Chemical Probe Research Hub

Yun-Kyu Choi
Department of Chemistry, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea

It was a great honor for me to attend “The Fourth A3 Roundtable Meeting on Chemical Probe Research Hub” in Sendai (Japan) from November 18th to November 21st, 2019. It was my first time to present my research work in the international conference, and it became a great and memorable experience to me.
The title of my presentation was “Fundamental paradigm shift of small-molecule live-cell distinction: holding mechanism vs. gating mechanism”. Discussion and advices after presentation from other conference participants were really helpful to my research work.

Meeting famous professors and great researchers in the chemical biology field was great happiness to me. Since I only focused on fluorescent small-molecule probes, my scope of research field was very narrow. After listening presentations from other scientists, I felt that I could expand my research scope in various ways. Additionally, in this meeting, I could find my academic weakness such as not enough biological knowledge, and I could get motivation of studying biological science for the better understanding of chemical biology.

As one of the most valuable thing in this conference, I could communicate with other young researchers such as post-doctoral researchers and graduate students. It was very grateful experience for me to learn Japanese and Chinese culture. Since we share the dream to become great scientists in the future, we could get along with each other easily. I could feel that they really love their research works, and it gave me great impression to me. I hope we can meet again in the future, after becoming great scientists.

Thanks to A3 Roundtable Meeting, I could meet great scientists and study chemical biology with them. Finally, I would like to thank all the participants and people who support this chemical biology meeting.