Prof. Woo Sik Chung -

Woo Sik Chung, Ph. D.
Visiting Professor



Division of Plant Sciences, and Department of Biochemistry
National Center for Soybean Biotechnology
201 Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Telephone: (573) 884-4799, (573) 825-7297


Gyeongsang National University B.S., Biochemistry
Gyeongsang National University Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


2009- Present Associate Professor
Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea
Department of Biochemistry, and Division of Applied Life Science

2002-2009 Assistant Professor
Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea
Division of Applied Life Sciences

2000-2002 Research Associate
The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, CA, USA

PUBLICATIONS (Recent 5 years)

Park HC, Kim ML, Lee SM, Bahk JD, Yun DJ, Lim CO, Hong JC, Lee SY, Cho MJ, Chung WS (2007) Pathogen-induced binding of the soybean zinc finger homeodomain proteins GmZF-HD1 and GmZF-HD2 to two repeats of ATTA homeodomain binding site  in the calmodulin isoform 4 (GmCaM4) promoter. Nucleic Acids Research 35, 3612-3623.


Koo SC, Yoon HW, Kim CY, Moon BC, Cheong YH, Han HJ, Lee SM, Kang KY, Kim MC, Lee SY, Chung WS, Cho MJ (2007) Alternative Splicing of the OsBWMK1 Gene Generates Three Transcript Variants Showing Differential Subcellular Localizations. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 360, 188-193.


Lee SM, Kim HS, Han HJ, Moon BC, Kim CY, Harper JF, Chung WS (2007) Identification of a calmodulin-regulated autoinhibited Ca2+-ATPase (ACA11) that is localized to vacuole membranes in Arabidopsis. FEBS Letters 581, 3943-3949 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV


Kim SH, Lee KH, Kim KE, Jung MS, Lim CO, Lee SW, Chung WS (2007) Construction of a transgenic plant to develop a new method for the isolation of calmodulin binding proteins. Korean J. of Life Science, 17, 1177-1181.


Kim HS, Park BO, Yoo JH, Jung MS, Lee SM, Han HJ, Kim KE, Kim SH, Lim CO, Yun DJ, Lee SY, Chung WS (2007) Identification of a calmodulin-binding NAC protein (CBNAC) as a transcriptional repressor in Arabidopsis. J. Biol. Chem., 282, 36292-36302


Lee K, Song EH, Kim HS, Yoo JH, Han HJ, Jung MS, Lee SM, Kim KE, Kim MC, Cho MJ, Chung WS (2008) Regulation of MAP kinase phosphatase 1 (AtMKP1) by calmodulin in Arabidopsis. J. Biol. Chem. 283(35):23581-23588.


Kim HS, Jung MS, Lee K, Kim KE, Yoo JH, Kim MC, Kim DH, Cho MJ, Chung WS (2009) An S-locus receptor-like kinase in plasma membrane interacts with calmodulin in Arabidopsis. FEBS letters 583 (1), 36-42.


Kim MC, Chung WS, Yun DJ and Cho MJ (2009) Calcium and Calmodulin-Mediated Regulation of Gene Expression in Plants. Molecular Plant 2(1), 13-21.


Lee SM, My Hoang HT, Han HJ, Kim HS, Lee K, Kim KE, Kim DH, Lee SY, Chung WS (2009) Pathogen inducible voltage-dependent anion channel (AtVDAC) isoforms are localized to mitochondria membrane in Arabidopsis.  Molecules & Cells 27(3), 321-327.


Kim HS, Jung MS, Lee SM, Lim KE, Byun H, Choi MS, Park HC, Cho MJ, Chung WS (2009) An S-locus receptor-like kinase plays a role as a negative regulator in plant defense responses. BBRC 381, 424-428.


Lee K, Bae DW, Kim SH, Han HJ, Liu X, Park HC, Lim CO, Lee SY, Chung WS (2010) Comparative proteomic analysis of the short-term responses of rice roots and leaves to cadmium. J Plant Physiol.  167 (3), 161-168.


Liu XM, Kim KE, Kim KC, Nguyen XC, Han HJ, Jung MS, Kim HS, Kim SH, Park HC, Yun DJ, Chung WS (2010) Cadmium activates Arabidopsis MPK3 and MPK6 via accumulation of reactive oxygen species. Phytochemistry 71, 614-618

Park HC, Park CY, Koo SC, Cheong MS, Kim KE, Kim MC, Lim CO, Lee SY, Yun DJ, Chung WS (2010) AtCML8, a calmodulin-like protein, differentially activating CaM-dependent enzymes in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell Reports 29(11):1297-1304.


Boursiac Y, Lee SM, Romanosky S, Blank R, Sladek C, Chung WS, Harper JF (2010) Disruption of the Vacuolar Calcium-ATPases in Arabidopsis Results in the Activation of a Salicylic Acid-Dependent Programmed Cell Death Pathway. Plant Physiology 154 (3): 1158-1171.


Park HC, Song EH, Nguyen XC, Lee K, Kim KE, Kim HS, Lee SM, Kim SH, Bae DW, Yun DJ, Chung WS (2011) Arabidopsis MAP kinase phosphatase 1 is phosphorylated and activated by its substrate AtMPK6. Plant Cell Reports. 30 (8) 1523-1531


Kim SH, Woo DH, Kim JM, LeeSY, Chung WS, Moon YH (2011) Arabidopsis MKK4 mediates osmotic-stress response via its regulation of MPK3 activity. Biochem Biophys. Res. Commun. 412(1): 150-154.

Kim JM, Woo DH, Kim SH, Lee SY, Park HY, Seok HY, Chung WS, Moon YH (2012) Arabidopsis MKKK20 is involved in osmotic stress response via regulation of MPK6 activity. Plant Cell Reports 31, 217-224.


Son GH, Wan J, Kim HJ, Nguyen XC, Chung WS, Hong JC, Stacey G. (2012) The Ethylene Responsive Element Binding Factor 5, ERF5, is Involved in the Chitin-induced Innate Immunity Response. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 25(1), 48-60.


Nguyen XC, Kim SH, Lee K, Kim KE, Liu XM, Han HJ, Hoang MH, Lee SW, Hong JC, Moon YH, Chung WS (2012) Identification of a C(2)H(2)-type zinc finger transcription factor (ZAT10) from Arabidopsis as a substrate of MAP kinase. Plant Cell Reports 31(4), 737-745.


Hoang MH, Nguyen XC, Lee K, Kwon YS, Pham HT, Park HC, Yun DJ, Lim CO, Chung WS (2012) Phosphorylation by AtMPK6 is required for the biological function of AtMYB41 in Arabidopsis. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 422(1), 181-186.

Nguyen XC, Hoang MHT, Kim HS, Lee K, Liu XM, Kim SH, Bark SH, Park HC, Chung WS (2012) Phosphorylation of the transcriptional regulator MYB44 by mitogen activated protein kinase regulates Arabidopsis seed germination. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 423(4): 703-708.

Kim HS, Park HC, Kim KE, Jung MS, Han HJ, Kim SH, Kwon YS, Bahk S, An J,  Bae DW, Yun DJ, Kwak SSand Chung WS (2012) A NAC Transcription Factor and SNI1 Cooperatively Suppress Basal Pathogen Resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nucleic Acids Research 40 (18): 9182-9192


Han HJ, Park HC, Byun HJ, Lee SM, Kim HS, Yun DJ, Cho MJ, Chung WS (2012) The transcriptional repressor activity of ASYMMETRIC LEAVES1 is inhibited by direct interaction with calmodulin in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Environ. 35(11): 1969-1982.


• Elucidation of Calcium signaling and MAP kinase signaling pathway in plant.

• How calcium signaling pathways crosstalk MAP kinase signaling pathways in plant.

• How environmental stresses control the growth and development of plants.


• Calcium and calmodulin regulated signaling pathways in plant.

• Identification of heavy metal resistance genes and development of heavy metal extracting plant.