Heejin Yoo

Dr. Heejin Yoo

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dept. of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

301 Physical Sciences, Stillwater, OK 74078-3013, USA





My main 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. My 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 my 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.

Recent Publications


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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) Overexpression of arogenate dehydratase reveals an upstream point of metabolic control in phenylalanine biosynthesis. The Plant Journal 108:737–751 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tpj.15467

Yoo H*, Greene GH*, Yuan M*, Xu G, Burton D, Liu L, Marqués J and Dong X. (2020) Translational Regulation of Metabolic Dynamics during Effector-Triggered Immunity. Molecular Plant 13:88-98 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molp.2019.09.009
*Co-first authors

Xu G*, Greene GH*, Yoo H*, Liu L, Marqués J, Motley J and Dong X. (2017) Global translational reprogramming is a fundamental layer of immune regulation in plants. Nature 545:487–490 https://www.nature.com/articles/nature22371
*Co-first authors

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) Identification of a plastidial phenylalanine exporter that influences flux distribution through the phenylalanine biosynthetic network. Nat. Comm. 6:8142 https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms9142

Zheng XY*, Zhou M*, Yoo H*, Pruneda-Paz JL, Spivey NW, Kay SA and Dong X. (2015) Spatial and temporal regulation of biosynthesis of the plant immune signal salicylic acid. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112:9166-9173 https://www.pnas.org/content/112/30/9166
*Co-first authors

Yoo H, Widhalm J, Qian Y, Maeda H, Cooper BR, Jannasch AS, Gonda I, Lewinsohn E, Rhodes D, and Dudareva N. (2013) An alternative pathway contributes to phenylalanine biosynthesis in plants via a cytosolic tyrosine:phenylpyruvate aminotransferase. Nat. Comm. 4:2833 https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms3833 

Maeda H, Yoo H, and Doudareva N. (2011) Prephenate aminotransferase directs plant phenylalanine biosynthesis via arogenate. Nat. Chem. Biol. 7:19-21. https://www.nature.com/articles/nchembio.485

Ganguly A, Lee SH, Cho MS, Lee OR, Yoo H, and Cho HT. (2010) Differential auxin-transporting activities of PIN-FORMED proteins in Arabidopsis root hair cells. Plant Physiol. 153:1046-1061http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/153/3/1046