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. Now I am studying phenylalanine biosynthesis in petunia flowers. Specifically, my main goal is to elucidate alternative phenylpyruvate pathway for phenylalanine biosynthesis in plants which was never genetically identified. My second project 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.