Plant and microbial natural products have potential value for a variety of nutritional and pharmaceutical applications, so the bioactive compounds in a wide range of plants have been actively identified and studied. The growing availability of genome sequences supports the discovery of the genes and proteins in the biosynthetic pathways of valuable natural products, which are generally present at low concentrations in plants and microorganisms. The research goal of our laboratory is to understand and engineer the production of natural products in plants and microorganisms, thus increasing the nutritional and pharmaceutical values of plants and microorganisms for human health. The approaches for engineering the metabolic pathways of plant and microbial natural products will provide insights into the potential applications for studying natural products in marine organisms.   

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The main goal of my research is to understand the molecular basis of how enzymes, regulatory proteins, and key signaling molecules function in a variety of metabolic pathways and regulatory networks using biochemical research tools, especially protein X-ray crystallography.   

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Washington University in St. Louis

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Dissertation Title

- The Phosphobase Methylation Pathway in Plants,Nematodes, & the Protozoan Plasmodium falciparum

Sogang University

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Summa Cum Laude


Editorial Board Member, Frontiers in Chemistry & Frontiers in Plant Science (Plant Metabolism & Chemodiversity)
Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports, a Nature Research journal                     

Arthur Neish Young Investigator Award (Phytochemical Society of North America)

Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Member for the Journal of Biological Chemistry 

ASBMB Early Career Faculty Travel Award

The Charles L. Cahill Research AwardETEAL Pedagogy Initiatives Award
Plant Metabolic Engineering Gordon Research Seminar Travel Grant 

Wold Travel Award and Protein Science Young Investigator Travel Grant 
Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Biomedical Fellows Award

Travel Grant for US-Korea Conference (UKC) on Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Grad Student Travel Award

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Travel Award for Banff Conference on Plant Metabolism

Sogang Honors Scholarship, Summa Cum Laude

POSTECH BK21 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship