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Dr Jungnam Cho

Dr Jungnam Cho

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Sainsbury Laboratory
Cambridge University
47 Bateman Street

Cambridge CB2 1LR
Office Phone: +44(0)1223 761100


My principal research interest has been focused on control of plant development. During my Ph.D., I studied seed germination and dormancy in Arabidopsis and their regulation by various histone modifications. Since I moved to Cambridge, I switched toward transposons using rice as a model. Rise is a better model than Arabidopsis to study transposons because it has many more of them and more severe development phenotypes when transposons are misregulated. Based on these pieces of evidence, I hypothesize that transposons might play critical regulatory functions in rice development. To elucidate the role of transposons, I initially interrogated public transcriptomic data searching for active transposons. The preliminary analysis revealed that 1) the expression pattern of transposons is tissue- or developmental stage-specific and 2) transcriptional activities of genes harbouring transposon-derived sequences strongly correlate with those of the corresponding transposons. Currently several transposon-gene pairs are being examined for their mechanistic relationship employing genetic, biochemical as well as bioinformatic approaches.

Key Publications

Min-Young Kang, Soo-Cheul Yoo, Hye-Young Kwon, Byoung-Doo Lee, Jung-Nam Cho, Yoo-Sun Noh, Nam-Chon Paek (2015) Negative regulatory roles of DE-ETIOLATED1 in flowering time in Arabidopsis. Scientific Reports 5(9728)

Jung-Nam Cho, Jee-Youn Ryu, Young-Min Jeong, Jihye Park, Ji-Joon Song, Richard M. Amasino, Bosl Noh, Yoo-Sun Noh (2012) Control of seed germination by light-induced histone arginine demethylation activity. Developmental Cell 22(4):736-748

-This paper was previewed by Michael M. Neff. Light-mediated seed germination: connecting phytochrome B to gibberellic acid. Developmental Cell 22(4):687-688

Hae-Ryong Song, Ju-Dong Song, Jung-Nam Cho, Richard M. Amasino, Bosl Noh, Yoo-Sun Noh (2009) The RNA binding protein ELF9 directly reduces SOC1 transcript levels in Arabidopsis, possibly via nonsense-mediated mRNA decay. The Plant Cell 21(4):1195-1211x