Young-Joon Park, first author of Developmental Programming of Thermonastic Leaf Movement
Current Position: Ph.D. candidate, Molecular Signaling Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, South Korea
Education: Ph.D. candidate, Molecular Signaling Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, South Korea; B.S. Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, South Korea; Secondary Education in Math and Science, Korea Science Academy, South Korea
Non-scientific Interests: Watching baseball games, musicals
Brief bio: I started the Ph.D. study in Prof. Chung-Mo Park’s laboratory since 2015. I am interested in how plants respond to ambient temperature changes in that small temperature changes can provoke tremendous effects on plant growth and development. The project published here started from naïve curiosity. Although temperature is the representative non-directional scalar quantity, leaves exhibit directional movement in response to warm temperatures. This observation suggests that plants specify the direction of leaf movement at warm temperatures. Thus, the paper describes how plants recognize the directional information. I currently examine diverse aspects of plant adaptation strategies to ambient temperature changes. I wish I can share my ongoing studies with the plant biology society soon and contribute to our understanding of plant thermomorphogenesis.