I am from Seoul, Korea. I received my B.S. from Yonsei University and my Master’s degree from POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology) in Korea. In December 2009, I received my Ph.D from the Department of Horticulture at Purdue University.
During my graduate career, I worked with an Arabidopsis thaliana activation tagging dominant mutant, yuc6-1D which overexpresses YUCCA6 involving the rate-limiting step of de novo auxin biosynthesis. After graduation, I joined Dr. Chapple’s lab. My current research involves is part of the C3Bio project, the long term goal of which is to use using thermal and chemical catalysts to convert more plant biomass into biofuels. Combining biochemistry and genetic analysis using lignin biosynthesis mutants, I hope to understand cell-wall self-assembly to enable modification of the cell wall by controlling its deposition. Another interest I have is to understand the interplay between glucosinolate and phenylpropanoid biosynthesis pathways using A. thaliana mutants in cytochromeP450 83A1 and B1, which function in glucosinolate biosynthesis pathway.