Chaemyeong Lim, first author of “Inactivating transcription factor OsWRKY5 enhances drought tolerance through abscisic acid signaling pathways”
Current Position: Ph.D. Student in Crop Science and Biotechnology, Seoul National University, South Korea
Master of Science in Crop Science and Biotechnology, Seoul National University, South Korea (2019)
Bachelor of Science in Plant Environmental Science, Hankyong National University, South Korea (2017)
Non-scientific Interests: Playing tennis and watching movie
My interest in plant biology started when I learned about crop cultivation, in which water-deficit conditions retard growth, thus reducing crop productivity. I have always been fascinated by the physiological, cellular, and molecular processes that allow rice plants to survive under poor environmental conditions (drought, salt, heat stress, etc.) in nature. At Seoul National University, I had the opportunity to work with Prof. Nam-Chon Paek to uncover the molecular mechanisms of drought stress in rice. My research has focused on uncovering the role of the transcription factor OsWRKY5 and the mechanisms by which it affects drought tolerance through abscisic acid signaling pathways, with the eventual goal of using this information for crop improvement. Through my research, I have been fortunate to meet and connect with many people who are also interested in plant science. Additionally, I realized that studying plant molecular biology can be relevant, fun, and exciting and then decided to pursue a related Ph.D.