Professor Byung-Ho, KANG

Address (Office): Room E109, Science Center East Block, CUHK
(Lab): Room LG106 & 108, Run Run Shaw Science Building, CUHK
Phone (Office): (852) 3943 6101
(Lab): (852) 3943 8039
Fax  (852) 2603 7246
Prof Byung-Ho, KANG


2003 Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
1998 M.Sc. Seoul National University
1994 B.Sc. Seoul National University


2015 - Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2013 - 2015 Associate Professor, Microbiology and Cell Sciences,
University of Florida
2007 - 2013 Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Cell Sciences,
University of Florida

Research Interests

  • Plant Cell Biology – We examine biogenesis and functions of secretory organelles and plastids in plant cells using molecular biological tools and multiple microscopy methods.
  • 3D electron microscopy – We utilize electron tomography to investigate membranous organelles of eukaryotic cells. This advanced electron microscopy technique visualizes organelle structures at nanometer level resolutions in 3D.

Representative Publications

  • Wang, P., Chen, X., Goldbeck, C., Chung, E., & Kang, B.-H. (2017). A distinct class of vesicles derived from the trans-Golgi mediates secretion of xylogalacturonan in the root border cell. The Plant Journal, 92 (4), 596–610.
  • Kim, E.-D., Xiong, Y., Pyo, Y., Kim, D.-H., Kang, B.-H., & Sung, S. (2017). Spatio-temporal analysis of coding and long noncoding transcripts during maize endosperm development. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1383–14.
  • Mai, K. K. K., Kang, M. J., & Kang, B.-H. (2017). 3D Printing of Plant Golgi Stacks from Their Electron Tomographic Models. In Plant Cell Morphogenesis (Vol. 1662, pp. 105–113). New York, NY: Springer New York.
  • Gu, Y., Zebell, S. G., Liang, Z., Wang, S., Kang, B.-H., & Dong, X. (2016). Nuclear Pore Permeabilization Is a Convergent Signaling Event in Effector-Triggered Immunity. Cell, 166(6), 1526–1538.e11.
  • Wang, Y., Zhang, Y., Chen, L., Liang, Q., Yin, X.-M., Miao, L., et al. (2016). Kinetics and specificity of paternal mitochondrial elimination in Caenorhabditis elegans. Nature Communications, 7, 12569.
  • Zhou, Q., Li, H., Li, H., Nakagawa, A., Lin, J. L. J., Lee, E. S., et al. (2016). Mitochondrial endonuclease G mediates breakdown of paternal mitochondria upon fertilization. Science, 353(6297), 394–399.
  • Park, J., Cui, Y., & Kang, B.-H. (2015). AtPGL3 is an Arabidopsis BURP domain protein that is localized to the cell wall and promotes cell enlargement. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6, 412.
  • Xiong, Y., Mei, W., Kim, E.-D., Mukherjee, K., Hassanein, H., Barbazuk, W. B., et al. (2014). Adaptive expansion of the maize maternally expressed gene (Meg) family involves changes in expression patterns and protein secondary structures of its members. BMC Plant Biology, 14(1), 197–14.
  • Lee, K.-H., Park, J., Williams, D. S., Xiong, Y., Hwang, I., & Kang, B.-H. (2013). Defective chloroplast development inhibits maintenance of normal levels of abscisic acid in a mutant of the Arabidopsis RH3 DEAD-box protein during early post- germination growth. The Plant Journal, 73(5), 720–732.
  • Donohoe, B. S., Kang, B.-H., Gerl, M. J., Gergely, Z. R., McMichael, C. M., Bednarek, S. Y., & Staehelin, L. A. (2013). Cis-Golgi cisternal assembly and biosynthetic activation occur sequentially in plants and algae. Traffic 14(5), 551–567.