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Yun Sun Lee

Yun Sun Lee


Position: Research Associate 

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Professional interests and goals: I have been largely interested in the biosynthesis of specialized metabolites in medicinal plants since a graduate student. In past years I was working with herbal plants which have been widely utilized in a commercial market but not a major concern in scientific fields. The molecular mechanisms underlying biosynthesis of useful metabolites in herbal plants have lots fascinating things, even though studying the herbal plants has lots of limitations. Currently, I am focusing on the anthocyanin biosynthetic pathway which is one of the well-studied specialized metabolic biosynthesis in Arabidopsis, more specifically, how the interaction of R2R3-MYB and basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors cooperate to regulate anthocyanin accumulation in maize and Arabidopsis. It is intriguing that how bHLH TFs/R2R3-MYB transcription factors with very similar DNA-binding domains display a regulatory specificity, and how specialized metabolites move within cells. In the meantime, I am also working on elucidating the mechanisms by which seed oils are synthesized in Camelina and Pennycress, and understanding the diversity of quinoa germplasms. It would be very welcome if you want to discuss real scientific topics with me.

General interests: Playing musical instruments, going to concerts and art museums.