Dr. Koo did his undergraduate and Master of Science studies at Korea University in South Korea. He moved to Michigan State University (MSU) in 1999 to do his PhD under Dr. John Ohlrogge where he studied lipid metabolism in higher plants and wrote a dissertation on topics of fatty acid trafficking across the chloroplast membranes. Upon receiving his PhD degree in 2004, he joined Dr. Gregg Howe’s group in Department of Energy-Plant Research Laboratory (DOE-PRL) at MSU where he was first introduced to the field of jasmonate. During this time he identified enzymes involved in JA biosynthesis and published papers on long-distance JA signaling. A Phytochemistry review article that he had co-authored with his postdoctoral mentor was later awarded the Top Five Most-Cited Papers Award (from 2009 through 2013) by the journal publisher. He was also awarded the Anton Lang Memorial Award for Research Excellence by the DOE-PRL (2010) and in the same year was promoted to research assistant professor in the DOE-PRL. In 2012, he moved to University of Missouri to start his independent group as tenure-track assistant professor in the Division of Biochemistry. Since then he has been engaging in mentoring and leading his own research group as well as participating in departmental teachings. He received Arthur C. Neish Young Investigator Award from the Phytochemical Society of North America and he has served in multiple grant panels and as reviewer for journals and grants.
Dr. Marcelle A. Seigel
Marcelle Siegel is Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Missouri. She is jointly appointed in the Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum and the Department of Biochemistry. Marcelle graduated from Haverford College while majoring in Biology at Bryn Mawr College. She then combined her interests in science and education by enrolling in an interdisciplinary program to earn a Master’s in biology while earning a PhD in science education at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Siegel’s current research focuses on a key obstacle and point of leverage for enhancing learning and teaching–assessment. She received the 2016 Research in Biology Education award from the National Association of Biology Teachers.
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