Fungi are major pathogens of plants. We are interested in understanding how fungi manipulate plant cells to cause disease and how plant cells respond to the invading fungi. To answer these questions, we study rice blast disease caused by the fungal pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae. Rice blast remains one of the world's most devastating diseases, destroying enough rice to feed more than 60 million people each year. In addition to its economic significance, rice blast is a model system for the study of plant-fungal interactions. We hope that our research will have translational value for controlling rice blast and other fungal diseases.
- 2016 – 2019 National Science Foundation, Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development Program. Development of essential genetic and genomic resources for finger millet. PI: Devos K.; Co-PIs: Khang, C.H., Dida, M.M., Odeny, D., and Schatz, M.C.
- 2014 – 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Trafficking mechanism of blast effector molecules during rice blast disease. PI: Khang, C.H.
- Ph.D. Plant Pathology , Penn State University 2005
- M.S. Plant Pathology , Seoul National University 2000
- B.S. Agricultural Biology, Seoul National University 1997