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Moon, Youyoun

Teaching Associate Professor of Horticulture

I graduated with MS from Iowa State University (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology) and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. My teaching topics include, but not limited to, biology, plant sciences (physiology, anatomy and genetics focusing on medicinal plants), genetics, molecular cellular and developmental biology, and biotechnology. I am currently developing an "Adaptive Learning Technology” for college level STEM courses and “Virtual Reality” course modules for on-line courses. My research interests are to identify health promoting phytochemicals, to increase biosynthesis of target molecules utilizing biotechnology (CRISPR) and omics for enhancing human health.


  1. Suejin Park, Asela Wijeratne, Youyoun Moon, and Nicole L. Waterland (2021) Time-course transcriptomic analysis of Petunia ×hybrida under water deficit stress by RNA sequencingPLOS ONE 16(4): e0250284 

  2. Rachel G. Newman, Youyoun Moon, Carl E. Sams, Janet C. Tou, and Nicole L. Waterland (2021)

    Biofortification of sodium selenate improves dietary mineral content and antioxidant capacity of culinary herb microgreensFrontiers in Plant Science 12:716437 

  3. Suejin Park, Youyoun Moon and Nicole L. Waterland (2020) Treatment with calcium chloride enhances water deficit stress tolerance in viola (Viola cornuta) HortScience 55(6):882-887

  4. Rachel Newman, Nicole Waterland, Youyoun Moon & Janet C. Tou (2019) Selenium biofortification of agricultural crops and effects on plant nutrients and bioactive compounds important for human health and disease prevention – a review. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition DOI 10.1007/s11130-019-00769-z September 14, 2019 online

  5. Waterland, N.L., Moon, Y., Tou, J.C., Kopsell, D.A., Kim, M.J., Park, S. (2018) Differences in leaf color and stage of development at harvest influenced phytochemical content in three cultivars of kale (Bassica oleracea L. and B. napus) Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 11 (3).(online)

  6. Laura J. Chapin, Youyoun Moon, and Michelle L. Jones (2017) Downregulating a Type I Metacaspase in Petunia Accelerates Flower Senescence J. AMER. SOC. HORT. SCI. 142(5):405–414 doi: 10.21273/JASHS04204-17

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