Food & Paper: Music for cells?! (Kwak)

Doctoral Research Fellow Dongho Kwak from RITMO will give a talk on "Music for cells?!"

Dongho Kwak

Dongho Kwak


Music for cells. Is there such a thing? Why do we want to use sound to manipulate, regulate or change certain conditions in our body, and something even as small as human cells?

The use of sound and music to provide beneficial effect on biological being or on human is not a novel idea. Ancient Greek and Romans have already recognized this fascinating relationship. In our modern days, there have been uprising interests in mechanobiology among the cell biologists. A favourable use of sound is evident in numerous experiments reporting the responses of biological cells to audio and music stimuli. The prospective medical benefits of investigating correlations between sound and cellular responses are promising for the life sciences. However, although a considerable amount of literature is available, many of them are case- and cell-specific and there is still a lack of comprehensive understanding of the relationship between employed sound stimuli and different responses of biological cells under examination.


Dongho Kwak joined the Artificial Biomimetic systems - the Niche of Islet Organoids (ABINO) project in January 2020 as a PhD candidate at the University of Oslo. In this convergence project between RITMO, HTH and CCSE, Dongho's main objective is to create controllable audio stimuli for mechanical/acoustic-base perturbations for stem cell differentiation. Currently, the key focus is in developing different types of audio stimuli based on the frequencies and rhythms generated from the motion, pulse and respiratory patterns of the human body.

Published Mar. 9, 2020 11:35 AM - Last modified Apr. 24, 2020 10:15 AM