MEMBERS

Heejin Yoo, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University (2019-)

Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University (2014-2019)

Ph,D., Purdue University (2008-2014)

B.S., Seoul National University (2004-2008)

heejin.yoo@okstate.edu

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Kelsey Crutison

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hello, I am an undergraduate student at Oklahoma Student University. I am a junior student. I changed my major from computer science to plant biology: pre-pharmacy. I joined Yoo lab as an undergraduate research assistant in September of 2019. I’m excited to start doing research in Yoo Lab. I enjoy playing golf, and my future goals is to be able to practice pharmaceuticals.

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Zoe Siebert

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hello, I am an undergraduate student at Oklahoma State University. I am a freshman majoring in Plant Biology: Pre-Pharmacy and minoring in Spanish. I joined Yoo lab as an undergraduate research assistant in September of 2019. I received the Freshman Research Scholars scholarship which has allowed me to become apart of and help conduct research in Yoo Lab.

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Hello, I am an undergraduate student in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma Student University. I am a junior majoring in biology with a minor in microbiology. I joined the Yoo lab in the Spring of 2020 and am looking forward to working in the lab and learning more about plant biology. After graduation, I’m hoping to pursue a career in pathogenic research.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emma Philbin

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Stephanie C. Stephenson

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hello, I am an undergraduate student at Oklahoma State University.  I joined Yoo lab in the Fall semester of 2020.

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Emma Philbin

Undergraduate Research Assistant

2020 Spring, 2020 Fall, and 2021 Spring

Department of Integrative Biology

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Ryan Lundy

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2021 Spring

Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

Stephanie C. Stephenson

Undergraduate Research Assistant 

2020 Fall and 2021 Spring

Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

Vanesa Bedolla

Research Assistant during 2021 Summer

Morrison High School

 
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Yoo Laboratory at Okstate

Plant Metabolism and Immunity

MEMBERS

Amanda Navodani Hewa Maithreege

Graduate Student, MS in Plant Biology

since 2021 Spring 

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Rabia Ahuja

Graduate Student, MS in Plant Biology

since 2021 Spring

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Kelsey Crutison

Undergraduate Research Assistant since 2019 Fall

Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

Zoe Siebert

Undergraduate Research Assistant since 2019 Fall

Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

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Rachel Crittell

Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2019 Fall,

2020 Spring and 2021 Spring

Undergraduate Research Assistant since 2020 Fall

Megan Adler

Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

Aiden Jihoon Yoo

Yoo Family & Yoo Lab key personnel

ALUMNI

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Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2020 Fall

Maddi Evans 

Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

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Eli Valentine 

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2020 Spring and Fall

Department of Integrative Biology

Heejin Yoo, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University (2019-)

Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University (2014-2019)

Ph,D., Purdue University (2008-2014)

B.S., Seoul National University (2004-2008)

heejin.yoo@okstate.edu

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2019 Fall 

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2020 Spring 

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2020 Fall 

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2021 Spring & Summer 

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Research

Plant Metabolism and Immunity

We are interested in studying the dynamic regulation of plant metabolism and immunity for balancing plant growth and defense. Our research is focused on how plants coordinate metabolic pathways and defense mechanisms to optimize plant growth and defense. Since plants do not have specialized immune cells, plants need to allocate their energy and resource properly to either growth or defense depending on environmental conditions. Our research is to understand the underlying mechanisms through transcriptional and translational regulation, and metabolic dynamics during plant innate immunity. This research will ultimately enhance our knowledge of molecular mechanisms and interactions between defense signaling and metabolic regulation to optimize or maximize crop yield and disease resistance. Specifically, projects in our lab include; 1) Global translatome analysis using ribosome profiling during plant systemic immunity, 2) Functional analysis of metabolic pathways during plant immune response, and 3) the role helper NB-LRR for plant immune mechanisms.

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Functional analysis of metabolic pathways during plant immune response

 

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Publications

August 17, 2021

Yoo H*, Shrivastava S*, Lynch JH*, Huang D, Widhalm JR, Guo L, Carter BC, Qian Y, Maeda HA, Ogas J, Morgan JA, Marshall-Colón A, and Dudareva N. (2021) The Plant Journal 

*Co-first authors

January 6, 2020

Yoo H*, Greene GH*, Yuan M*, Xu G, Burton D, Liu L, Marqués J and Dong X. (2020) Molecular Plant 

*Co-first authors

May 17, 2017

Xu G*, Greene GH*, Yoo H*, Liu L, Marqués J, Motley J and Dong X. (2017) Nature 545:487–490 

*Co-first authors

September 10, 2015

Widhalm JR, Gutensohn M, Yoo H, Adebesin F, Qian Y, Longyun G, Rohit J, Joseph HL, McCoy RM, Shreve JT, Thimmapuram J, Rhodes D, Morgan JA, and Dudareva N. (2015) Nat. Comm. 6:8142

July 28, 2015

Zheng XY*, Zhou M*, Yoo H*, Pruneda-Paz JL, Spivey NW, Kay SA and Dong X. (2015) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112:9166-9173 

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November 23, 2013

Yoo H, Widhalm J, Qian Y, Maeda H, Cooper BR, Jannasch AS, Gonda I, Lewinsohn E, Rhodes D, and Dudareva N. (2013) Nat. Comm. 4:2833

January, 2011

Maeda H, Yoo H, and Doudareva N. (2011) Nat. Chem. Biol. 7:19-21.

July 1, 2010

Ganguly A, Lee SH, Cho MS, Lee OR, Yoo H, and Cho HT. (2010) Plant Physiol. 153:1046-1061

 
 
 

News

2021.06.29

Vanesa Bedolla joins the lab. She is a Morrison High School student and plans to do summer research in Yoo Lab. Welcome to the Yoo lab!

2021.04.08

Zoe Siebert has received the 2021 Women's Faculty Council Student Research Award. Congratulations!

2021.04.05

Dr. Yoo has received the 2021 Arthur C. Neish Young Investigator Award from Phytochemical Society of North America (PSNA). Congratulations!

2021.04.01

Dr. Yoo has received the 2021 ICAR Early Career Award from The North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC). Congratulations!

2021.03.26

Dr. Yoo’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Student Technology Fee proposal has been selected for funding from CAS, Oklahoma State University. This grant will be used to establish the Volatile Collection System to analyze volatile organic compounds from plants. Congratulations!

2021.03.24

Dr. Yoo's FY22 College of Arts and Sciences Research (ASR) Program proposal was selected for funding. Congratulations!

2021.03.03

Rachel Crittell has been awarded the PBEE Undergraduate Scholarship. Congratulations!

2021.02.28

2021.01.19

Rabia Ahuja and Amanda Navodani join the lab as the First Graduate Students. 

Ryan Lundy joins the lab as an Undergraduate Research Assistant.

Welcome to the Yoo lab! 

Rachel Crittell re-joins the lab as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. Welcome back! 

2020.08.17

Megan Adler, Maddi Evans, and Stephanie C. Stephenson join the lab as Undergraduate Research Assistants. Welcome to the Yoo lab! 

2020.05.08

Rachel Crittell has received Deacon Bill Dunbar Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations!
 

2020.04.07

Zoe Siebert has received Library Research Award. Congratulations!

2020.01.21

Emma Philbin joins the lab as Undergraduate Research Assistants. Welcome to the Yoo lab! 

2020.01.13

Eli Valentine joins the lab as Undergraduate Research Assistants. Welcome to the Yoo lab! 

2019.12.05

Dr. Yoo has received FY 2020 Spring Travel Award from the CAS, Oklahoma State University. Congratulations!

2019.09.13

Rachel Crittell and  Zoe Siebert join the lab as Freshmen Research Scholars. Welcome to the Yoo lab! 

2019.09.01

Kelsey Crutison joins the lab as the FIRST Undergraduate Research Assistant. Welcome to the Yoo lab! 

2019.08.16

First day of the Yoo lab!

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Positions Available

The laboratory of Dr. Heejin Yoo is seeking highly motivated undergraduate students, graduate students, and lab technician. The research in Yoo lab is to understand molecular mechanisms of how plants control translational regulation and metabolic dynamics during plant innate immunity. We will explore novel genes and defense mechanisms linked to the regulation of metabolic pathways, which will be applied to crop plants to improve disease resistance and yield.

PhD students & Postdoc associate

The Plant Immunity and Metabolism lab is looking for a PhD student & Postdoc mainly interested in (but not limited to) the research on regulatory mechanism of salicylic acids in Solanaceae family and translational regulation during plant systemic immunity. Experience in CRISPR gene editing and bioinformatic analysis using RNA-seq and Ribo-seq is desirable. Expected starting date for postdoc will be in March 2022, but a start date in later time is also possible.

Please contact Dr. Yoo directly (heejin.yoo@okstate.edu) with the attachment of a CV and a statement of your research experience/accomplishment including Laboratory Experience and Skills.

Lab Technician

Please contact Dr. Yoo directly (heejin.yoo@okstate.edu) with the attachment of a CV and a statement of your research experience/accomplishment including Laboratory Experience and Skills.

Undergraduate Researchers

Please contact Dr. Yoo directly (heejin.yoo@okstate.edu) with the attachment of a CV. No position available for undergraduate students for Fall 2021.

 

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Contact Us

Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution
Oklahoma State University
301 Physical Sciences, Stillwater, OK 74078-3103
Research Lab: PS 308
Office: PS 423
Phone: 405-744-4742