Hee-Kyung Ahn

Postdoctoral Scientist
Jonathan Jones Group

I am interested in how intermolecular interactions between proteins change physiological responses in a living cell. To this end, I have pursued experiments that enable visualization or detection of protein complexes. Here, I am aiming to understand changes in oligomerization of the paired NLR receptors RPS4/RRS1 upon effector recognition.


Yoon JT, Ahn HK, Pai HS (2018)

The subfamily II catalytic subunits of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) are involved in cortical microtubule organization. Planta. 2018 Sep 6. doi: 10.1007/s00425-018-3000-0.

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Jeon Y, Ahn HK, Kang YW, Pai HS (2017)

Functional characterization of chloroplast-targeted RbgA GTPase in higher plants. Plant Mol Biol. 2017 Nov;95(4-5):463-479. doi: 10.1007/s11103-017-0664-y.

Ahn HK, Kang YW, Lim HM, Hwang I, Pai HS (2015)

Physiological Functions of the COPI Complex in Higher Plants. Mol Cells. 2015 Oct;38(10):866-75. doi: 10.14348/molcells.2015.0115.

Ahn CS, Ahn HK, Pai HS (2015)

Overexpression of the PP2A regulatory subunit Tap46 leads to enhanced plant growth through stimulation of the TOR signalling pathway. J Exp Bot. 2015 Feb;66(3):827-40. doi: 10.1093/jxb/eru438.

Job History

2018 – present Postdoctoral scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, United Kingdom

2011 – 2018 PhD student, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

2008 – 2011 Undergraduate student, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea