I am from Incheon, South Korea. I received a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Chung-Ang University in Korea, 2009. I began my Master’s course in Life Science (Immunology) at Seoul National University, but I transferred back to Chung-Ang University in 2010 and earned a Master’s degree in Life Science (Microbiology) in 2012. I joined the Biochemistry and Biophysics doctoral program at Texas A&M University in August, 2013 and joined the Devarenne Lab in May, 2014.
My research project involves studying the control of programmed cell death (PCD) during plant-pathogen interactions. My first project is to understand nuclear phosphorylation events controlled by the tomato protein kinase Adi3, which is a host PCD regulator during resistance to pathogens. My second project is to isolate and characterize a novel AGC kinase that regulates host immune responses during the resistance response to pathogens.