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Chan Yul Yoo

Assistant Professor


Graduate Program Membership:

Office/Building: ASB 382A
Phone: 801-585-1929
Email: chanyul.yoo@biology.utah.edu
Chan Yul Yoo Lab: https://chanyulyoolab.org/

Research Statement


The nucleus in cell is spatially organized within three-dimensional spaces and harbors various nuclear bodies consisting of protein/RNA/chromatin complexes, which creates microenvironments essential for fundamental nuclear functions in eukaryotes. The misregulation of nuclear bodies leads to human diseases such as neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. In plants, photobodies are photoreceptor-containing nuclear bodies that sense light and regulate almost every facet of growth and development including chloroplast biogenesis. Our lab is broadly interested in understanding fundamental functions of photobodies as developmental and environmental sensors in reprogramming growth, development, and chloroplast biogenesis in plants.

Research Interests


General Interests
Specific Interests
  • Light Signaling
  • Phytochrome Photobodies
  • Chloroplast Biogenesis
  • Organelle Communication

Selected Publications


  • Yoo CY*, Jiangman He*, Qing Sang*, Qiu Y, Long L, Kim RJ, Chong E, Hahm J, Morffy N, Zhou P, Strader L, Nagatani A, Mo B, Chen X, Chen M (2021) Direct photoresponsive inhibition of a p53-like transcription activation domain in PIF3 by Arabidopsis phytochrome B. Nature Commun 12:5614
  • Willige BC*, Zander M*, Yoo CY, Phan A, Garza RM, Trigg SA, He Y, Nery JR, Chen H, Chen M, Ecker JR, Chory J (2021) PHYTOCHROME INTERACTING FACTORs trigger environmentally responsive chromatin dynamics. Nature Genet 53:955-961
  • Qiu Y*, Pasoreck EK*, Yoo CY*, He J, Wang H, Bajracharya A, Li M, Larsen H, Cheung S, Chen M (2021) RCB initiates Arabidopsis thermomorphogenesis by stabilizing the thermoregulator PIF4 in the daytime. Nature Commun 12:2042
  • Yoo CY, Han S, Chen M (2020) Nucleus-to-plastid phytochrome signaling in controlling chloroplast biogenesis. Annu Plant Rev 3:251-280
  • Yoo CY, Pasoreck EK, Wang H, Cao J, Blaha GM, Weigel D, Chen M (2019) Phytochrome activates the plastid-encoded RNA polymerase for chloroplast biogenesis via nucleus-to-plastid signaling. Nature Commun 10:2629
  • Yang EJ*, Yoo CY*, Liu J*, Wang H, Cao J, Li F, Pryer K, Sun T, Weigel D, Zhou P, Chen M (2019) NCP activates chloroplast transcription by controlling light-dependent dual nuclear and plastidial switches Nature Commun 10:2630
  • Yoo CY, Williams D, Chen, M (2019) Quantitative analysis of photobodies. Methods Mol Biol 2026:135-141