Minkyu Park

Contact Information:

Phone: 706-542-9729
E-mail: minkyu@uga.edu
Department of Genetics
C424 Life Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706-542-9235


  • Ph. D. Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University 2003–2011
    Entitled : Comparative genomics of the evolution of transposable elements in fish and other Vertebrates.
  • BS in Plant Science, Seoul National University 1998–2003

Research and Teaching Positions:

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey L.Bennetzen, Department of Genetics, University of Georgia, February 2014–Present
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Prof. Dr. Doil Choi, Plant Genomics and Breeding Institute, Seoul National University, 2011– 2014
  • Instructor, Development of molecular markers using genome information, Seoul National University (An educational program for breeders), 2011-2013


  • Seungill Kim*, Minkyu Park*, Seon-In Yeom*, Yong-Min Kim*, Je Min Lee*, Hyun- Ah Lee*, Eunyoung Seo*, Jaeyoung Choi, Kyeongchae Cheong, Ki-Tae Kim, Kyongyong Jung, Gir-Won Lee, Sang-Keun Oh, Chungyun Bae, Saet-Byul Kim, Hye- Young Lee, Shin-Young Kim, Myung-Shin Kim, Byoung-Cheorl Kang, Yeong Deuk Jo, Hee-Bum Yang, Hee-Jin Jeong, Won-Hee Kang, Jin-Kyung Kwon, Chanseok Shin, et al. (2014) Genome sequence of the hot pepper provides insights into the evolution of pungency in Capsicum species. Nature Genetics, doi:10.1038/ng.2877.
  • Hong-Il Choi, Nomar Espinosa Waminal, Hye Mi Park, Nam-Hoon Kim, Beom Soon Choi, Minkyu Park, Doil Choi, Yong Pyo Lim, Soo-Jin Kwon, Beom-Seok Park, Hyun Hee Kim, Tae-Jin Yang (2014) Major repeat components covering one third of the ginseng (Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer) genome and evidence for allotetraploidy. Plant J., DOI: 10.1111/tpj.12441.
  • Umesh K. Reddy, Aldo Almeida, Venkata L. Abburi, Suresh Babu Alaparthi, Desiree Unselt, Gerald Hankins, Minkyu Park, Doil Choi, Padma Nimmakayala. (2014) Identification of Gene-Specific Polymorphisms and Association with Capsaicin Pathway Metabolites in Capsicum annuum L. Collections. PLOS one, 9(1):e86393 .
  • Dong-Gyu Hwang, June Hyun Park, contributor, Jae Yun Lim, Donghyun Kim, Yourim Choi, Soyoung Kim, Gregory Reeves, Seon-In Yeom, Jeong-Soo Lee, Minkyu Park, Seungill Kim, Ik-Young Choi, Doil Choi, Chanseok Shin. (2013) The Hot Pepper(Capsicum annuum) MicroRNA Transcriptome Reveals Novel and Conserved Targets:A Foundation for Understanding MicroRNA Functional Roles in Hot Pepper. PLOS one, 8(5): e64238.
  • The Tomato Genome Consortium. (2012) The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution. Nature, 485: 635-641.
  • Minkyu Park, Jongsun Park, Seungill Kim, Jin-Kyung Kwon, Hye Mi Park, Ik Hyun Bae, Tae-Jin Yang, Yong-Hwan Lee, Byoung-Cheorl Kang and Doil Choi (2012) Evolution of the large genome in Capsicum annuum occurred through accumulation of single-type long terminal repeat retrotransposons and their derivatives. Plant J., 69(6):1018–1029.
  •  Minkyu Park*, SungHwan Jo*, Jin-Kyung Kwon, Jongsun Park, Jong Hwa Ahn, Seungill Kim, Yong-Hwan Lee, Tae-Jin Yang, Cheol-Goo Hur, Byoung-Cheorl Kang, Byung-Dong Kim, Doil Choi (2011) Comparative analysis of pepper and tomato reveals euchromatin expansion of pepper genome caused by differential accumulation of Ty3/Gypsy-like elements. BMC Genomics, 12:85.
  • Jungeun Cho, Minkyu Park, Doil Choi, Seung Koo Lee. (2011) Cloning and expression of γ-glutamyl transpeptidase and its relationship to greening in crushed garlic (Allium sativum) cloves. J. Sci. Food Agric., 92: 253–257.
  • Hyun Jung Kim, Jung-Heon Han, Jin-Kyung Kwon, Minkyu Park, Byung-Dong Kim and Doil Choi. (2010) Fine mapping of pepper trichome locus 1 controlling trichome formation in Capsicum annuum L. CM334. Theor. Appl. Genet., 120(6): 1099-1106.
  • Yeong Deuk Jo, Young-Min Kim, Mi-Na Park, Jae-Hyoung Yoo, Minkyu Park, Byung-Dong Kim, Byoung-Cheorl Kang. (2010) Development and evaluation of broadly applicable markers for Restorer-of-fertility in pepper. Theor. Appl. Genet., 25(2): 187-201.
  • June-Sik  Kim,  Minkyu  Park,  Dong  Ju  Lee,  and  Byung-Dong  Kim  (2009) Characterization of Putative Capsaicin Synthase Promoter Activity. Mol. Cells, 28:331-339.
  • Hyoun-Joung Kim, Seok-Hyeon Nahm, Heung-Ryul Lee, Gi-Bo Yoon, Ki-Taek Kim, Byoung-Cheorl Kang, Doil Choi, Oh Yeol Kweon, Myeong-Cheoul Cho, Jin-Kyung Kwon, Jung-Heon Han, Jeong-Ho Kim, Minkyu Park, Jong Hwa Ahn, Soon Ho Choi, Nam Han Her, Joo-Hee Sung, Byung-Dong Kim. (2008) BAC-derived markers converted from RFLP linked to Phytophthora capsici resistance in pepper (Capsicum annuum L.). Theor. Appl. Genet., 118(1): 15-27 (* co-first authors).


  • Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Peppers and Eggplants. (2013) CRC Press
  • -     In this textbook I wrote the manuscript for chapter 6, ‘The Structure of Pepper Genome’.


  • Countermeasure of Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Fishery towards the KORUS FTA Signing. (2007) The Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST).

    -     I took part in this report as a researcher.