Hello, I am Heejin Yoo and I am from South Korea. My hometown is Daejeon which is one of five big cities in South Korea and two hours away from Seoul.
I received my B.S. from Seoul National University in the Department of Plant Science in 2008. I was an undergraduate researcher in the Center for Plant Molecular Genetics and Breeding Research (CPMGBR).
I came to Purdue University in 2008 when I entered the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe). After rotating in four labs from several departments in my first year, I joined Dr. Dudareva's lab and I received my Ph.D. in horticulture in May 2014.
I am now a postdoc and my current research is to determine the role of allosteric regulatory mechanism in phenylalanine biosynthetic pathway.
In my free time, I really like Korean TV shows, cooking with my husband, and eating delicious food and drinks with friends. I also enjoy playing tennis with friends.
Yoo H, Widhalm J, Qian Y, Maeda H, Cooper BR, Jannasch AS, Gonda I, Lewinsohn E, Rhodes D, and Dudareva N. (2013) An alternative pathway contributes to phenylalanine biosynthesis in plants via a cytosolic tyrosine:phenylpyruvate aminotransferase. Nat. Commun. 4:2833 doi: 10.1038/ncomms3833.
Maeda H, Yoo H, and Doudareva N. (2011) Prephenate aminotransferase directs plant phenylalanine biosynthesis via arogenate. Nat. Chem. Biol. 7:19-21.
Ganguly A, Lee SH, Cho MS, Lee OR, Yoo H, and Cho HT. (2010) Differential auxin-transporting activities of PIN-FORMED proteins in Arabidopsis root hair cells. Plant Physiol. 153(3):1046-1061.