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National Distinction for Plant Sciences Alumna Dr. Jeongmin Choi

December 4, 2015

From left Jeongmin Choi (left), Gary Stacey (mentor) and postdoc Dr. Kiwamu Tanaka (collaborator).

Story by Amanda Narverud, MU News Bureau

Mizzou alumna Jeongmin Choi has received the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for her innovative research in plant sciences.

The prestigious national award is given to an individual whose doctoral dissertation makes unusually significant contributions to its discipline.

When Choi wrote her dissertation, she was a doctoral candidate in plant sciences from the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

For her dissertation, Choi identified the first extracellular ATP receptor in plants. Her successful identification of the receptor has opened a new field of plant research that explores the interconnections among plant stress, pathogen defense and development....

Choi was recognized in 2014 by the MU Office of Graduate Studies for her outstanding doctoral dissertation research. As the recipient of the MU Graduate Studies Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, she was the first student to be nominated by the University of Missouri for the national Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest award.

“Mizzou has incredibly innovative graduate students who will become the leaders of tomorrow,” Leona Rubin, associate vice chancellor for Graduate Studies said. “One goal of the Office of Graduate Studies is to provide support for students and their academic units in submitting nominations that showcase and promote students and their accomplishments. I think it is telling that in the first year we made a concentrated effort to showcase our students nationally, a Mizzou graduate wins the national Distinguished Dissertation of the Year Award from the Council of Graduate Schools.”

Choi is currently working as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. as a European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) fellow. EMBO supports post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe.

Read the full story from the MU News Bureau.

Jeongmin Choi is pictured above with her mentor, Dr. Gary Stacey and postdoc coinvestigator, Kiwamu Tanaka.