Jung-Youn Lee, Ph.D.

Research Interests

The main research focus of Lee laboratory is on understanding the role of cell-to-cell communication through plasmodesmata in plants by taking a multidisciplinary approach employing cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and bioinformatics. Plasmodesmata are intercellular communication channels unique to plant systems that are considered one of the fundamental body plan changes occurred during the evolution of land plants. However, they are also regarded as a mystery of plant biology because our understanding of this fundamental structure especially at the molecualr level is quite limited. Lee laboratory is tackling this challenging but fascinating problem in plant biology and working towards unmystifying their molecular composition and architecture, control mechanisms, and roles in physiological and developemntal processes, such as innate immunity and cell death during defense.


Other Information


Associate Professor, Plant & Soil Science

Phone: (302) 831-3230

Email: lee@dbi.udel.edu

Office: DBI

Delaware Biotechnology Institute
Delaware Technology Park
15 Innovation Way
Newark, DE 19711


Post-Doctoral, University of California, Davis
Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, 1997
M.S., University of Florida, Gainesville, 1992
B.A., Korea University, Seoul, Korea, 1990