Plant Biology

Plants are essential to make the earth alive! How do plants coordinate their growth, development, and defence along life span in ever-changing environments at molecular, intra and intercellular, tissue, organ, organism, population, and meta-population levels?
The plant biology group studies fundamental mechanisms of plant development, senescence and aging, light signalling and circadian rhythm, photosynthesis, plant defence to environment stresses, and interaction with other organisms mostly in Arabidopsis and Rice from the aspects of gene regulation, epigenetic regulation, signalling, dynamics of networks, and evolution,

A highly integral view on plant life processes and new biology approaches such as genomics, phenomics, systems biology, computational biology, complex biology, and state-of the art imaging technologies are strong strategic advantages of our group.
The knowledge in plant aging is applied to pursue increased crop productivity and improve our environment.

This specialization group is composed of world-top level scientists in their specific areas and, in addition, highly interdisciplinary, including not only the core faculty members in the Department of New biology but also researcher across campus such as Wellness Center, Department of Information and Communication Engineering, and Center for Plant Aging Research, IBS. Our multidisciplinary and highly collaborative environment facilitates cutting-edge researches and broadens educational and career opportunities for our students.

Students gain advanced knowledge in diverse fields of plant biology such as plant genetics, physiology, cell biology, developmental biology, environmental biology, integrative biology, aging biology, evolutionary biology, and systems and computational biology.

Students graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills with a highly integrative thinking for new biology approaches, including various omics such as genomics and phenomics, necessary to be global leaders in the area of new biology of plants. The curriculum is highly flexible for students from any background of science or engineering disciplines.

Pyung Ok Lim
Hong Gil Nam
June M. Kwak
Hye Ryun Woo