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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Yoo Laboratory at Okstate

Plant Metabolism and Immunity

MEMBERS

Amanda Navodani

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

Zoe Siebert

Undergraduate Research Assistant since 2019 Fall

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Rachel Crittell

Emma Philbin

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Megan Adler

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Stephanie C. Stephenson

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2019 Fall,

2020 Spring and 2021 Spring

Undergraduate Research Assistant since 2020 Spring

Undergraduate Research Assistant since 2020 Fall

Undergraduate Research Assistant since 2020 Fall

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Ryan Lundy

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2021 Spring

ALUMNI

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Maddi Evans 

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2020 Fall

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Eli Valentine 

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2020 Spring and Fall

Department of Integrative Biology

Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

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 semester

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2020 Spring semester

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2020 Fall semester

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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.

Global Translatome analysis using ribosome profiling during plant systemic immunity

Functional analysis of metabolic pathways during plant immune response

 

The role of helper NB-LRR for plant immune mechanisms

Publications

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 

*Co-first authors

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

2021.04.08

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.

Undergraduate Researchers

Please contact Dr. Yoo directly (heejin.yoo@okstate.edu) with the attachment of a CV.

Graduate Students

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

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.

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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