Professor KANG Byung Ho


(Office): Room E109, Science Center East Block

(Lab): Room LG106 & 108, Run Run Shaw Science Building

People KBH


(Office): (852) 3943 6101

(Lab): (852) 3943 8039


(852) 2603 7246


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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Research Grants

  • 2016-2019, Research Grants Council (Hong Kong), Electron Tomography Analysis of Chloroplast Biogenesis in the C3 Plant Arabidopsis and the C4 Plant Maize
  • 2015-2019, Rural Development Administration (South Korea), Structural analyses of chloroplast differentiation in a single cell C4 plant
  • 2011-2015, United States Department of Agriculture, Cell type-specific epigenetic gene regulation in developing maize endosperm


  • Invited Foreign Scholar, Microscopy and Cell Science, Global COE program, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (2010)
  • Panel member, National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrument program (2010)
  • Invited speaker, International Microscopy Congress 17 (2010)
  • Finalist, Science in Art | Art in Science exhibition, University of Colorado Health Science Center and Denver Museum of Nature and Science (2006)
  • B.S. Summa cum laude, Seoul National University (1994)

Professional Activities

  • 2014 -     Editorial Board, Journal of Plant Research
  • 2011 -     Review editor, Frontiers in Plant Science (Plant Cell Biology)
  • 2007 -     Member, Microscopy Society of America
  • 2003 -     Member, American Society of Cell Biology
  • 2003 -     Member, American Society of Plant Biology