Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Daewon Kim

Daewon Kim, first author of A Temperature-Sensitive FERONIA Mutant Allele That Alters Root Hair Growth

Current position: Research Scientist in Dr. Gary Stacey Lab, Division of Plant Science, C.S Bond Life Science Center, University of Missouri-Columbia

Education: Ph.D. in 2014 at the Gyeongsang National University

Non-scientific interests: listening to music, watching movies, taking pictures

Brief bio: During my doctoral course in South Korea, I became interested in the growth of plant roots and root hairs. Luckily, I came to the United States to study at Professor Erik Nielsen’s lab at the University of Michigan for one year as a visiting student. Prof. Erik has helped me a lot in giving me a wider perspective, not only in research but also in life. In particular, while in his laboratory I performed research on root hair and tip-growth in Arabidopsis, and he gave me so many opportunities and supported all my various experiments. I was able to learn how to use a fluorescence and confocal microscope on the growing plant root and root hair tissues and learned various genetic manipulation methods. Based on my research experience from that time, I am currently conducting functional studies of various genes that exist downstream of purinergic receptors at Dr. Gary Stacey’s laboratory at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I hope that the research results here will be published in a good paper soon. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof. Erik Nielsen (University of Michigan) and Gary Stacey (University of Missouri).