• The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


In 2013 I graduated from Kyungpook National University with a master in agriculture (Major: Plant hormones) with high distinction and was offered multiple PhD scholarships (USyd, UQ, UA) before joining Professor Steve Tyerman’s group at the University of Adelaide in 2014. My PhD was supported by a highly competitive International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology. My PhD thesis revealed exciting insights into the biology of plants grown in stressed conditions and has provided useful knowledge that breeders can use to select more productive crops. My research was recognized with the best poster presentation award at the leading Australian conference in the field (COMBIO) and led to a Plant Nutrition Trust Award and the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence from the University of Adelaide.

After completing my PhD, I undertook post-doctoral research at Seoul National University in 2019. I worked on the comprehensive network and the design principles of regulatory programs in plant root growth, which is mediated via the complex interaction with environmental changes and to apply this to developing crops with sustainable yields. In 2020 I moved back to Australia and started working as a visiting postdoc in A/Prof Matthew Tucker’s group at the University of Adelaide, investigating hormone treatments' impact on barley stem strength. Since 2021, I have been a Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, working with Dr Mark Waters. Here I am exploring small molecules as unifying signals in plants and bacteria. Besides this, I am working on butenolide signaling in barley.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Hormone signalling mechanisms in plants
  • Plant-microbe Interactions
  • Genetic and molecular basis of plant root development
  • Plant stress biology 

Current projects

  • Small molecules as unifying signals in bacteria
  • Butenolide signaling in barley
  • New approaches for hormonal control of light and shade responses in plants

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Plant Sciences, PhD , Role of TaALMT1 malate‐GABA transporter in alkaline pH tolerance of wheat, University of Adelaide

6 Mar 201431 Dec 2018

Award Date: 31 Dec 2018


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