Kyunghyuk Park
Visiting Graduate Student - Seoul National University

Following my undergraduate degree at the Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea, I started Graduate School at Seoul National University, in Yeonhee Choi's lab. My interests lie in the epigenetic regulation of development.  Because of its simple structure, the female gametophyte of the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana is an ideal system to determine a complete epigenetic map of an organism. However, its small number of cells and inaccessibility have made molecular and genome-wide studies difficult. To overcome this limitation, I am spending some time in the Fischer Lab at UC Berkeley in order to use the INTACT (Isolation of Nuclei tagged cell type specific) system. This method is an effective way to purify individual cell types.  

Actually I have not thought about reincarnation....I would like to be reincarnated in magnolia tree, though.  I think that magnolia trees are beautiful, especially when they flower.

GFP staining of cells of the Arabidopsis female gametophyte:
GFP staining of cells of the female gametophyte