Hyodong Lee: The Plant Cell First Author

Hyodong Lee, first author of “Calcium-dependent protein kinase 29 modulates PIN-FORMED polarity and Arabidopsis development via its own phosphorylation code”

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher in Department of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea

Education: Bachelor of Biological Science, Dongguk University, Korea; Ph.D. in Biological science, Seoul National University, Korea

Non-scientific Interests: Listening to music, watching movies and snowboarding.

Brief Bio: I began and am still doing my scientific research in Prof. Hyung-Taeg Cho’s Cell Differentiation Laboratory in 2013. During my Ph.D. course, I have learned scientifically thinking and various biological methodologies. I found myself interested in auxin-transporting PIN-FORMED (PIN) proteins that are polarly distributed in the cell. That time it was known that the cis cue for PIN polarity was located in the central hydrophilic (HL) part of a PIN protein. So, my research was focused on identifying new trans-acting factors that directly interact with the PIN-HL. Since that, I have characterized a calcium-dependent protein kinase that directly phosphorylates PIN-HLs and modulates intracellular trafficking of PINs.