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So-Jung Park is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Nanosciences at Ewha Womans University in South Korea. She obtained her PhD in chemistry at Northwestern University under the guidance of Professor Chad Mirkin with a thesis on DNA-mediated assembly of nanostructured materials. Her PhD work was recognised by several prestigious awards, including the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry. She carried out postdoctoral research with Professor Paul Barbara at the University of Texas at Austin and joined the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Chemistry in 2005, where she was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012. She moved to Ewha Womans University as professor in 2013. Her current research focuses on self-assembly of nanoparticles and functional polymers. Her achievements have been recognised by the NSF CAREER Award, the ARO Young Investigator Program Award, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and the Sigma-Aldrich Chemist Award. She is currently serving as an associate editor of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and an advisory board member for Nanoscale.