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Hanhong (RINO) BAE


BS: Seoul National University (Korea)

MS : Oregon State University (USA)

Ph.D : Iowa State University (Genetics, USA)

USDA Plant Sciences Institute (MD, USA)

Yeungnam University (Korea)


Phone: 8253-810-3031 (office), Fax: 8253-810-4769, E-mail:

Lab manager

Soon Ok Rim 

BS, MS, Ph.D: Kyungpook National  University (Microbiology, Korea, 2009)

Project: Molecular plant-microbe (endophyte) interactions (Ginseng and Ginsenoside)


Research Professor

Pragya Tiwari 

Ph.D: Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants CSIR-CIMAP (Biotechnology, India, 2016)

Project: Molecular plant-microbe (endophyte) interactions (Ginseng and Ginsenoside)



Sajad Ali

 Ph.D:  University of Madras (Microbiology, India, 2015)

Project: Plant-sound vibration interaction



Anshika Tyagi

Ph.D: Banasthali Vidyapith University (Biotechnology, India, 2018)

Project: Plant-sound vibration interaction and stress biology


Graduate students

Salsabila (integrated Ph.D)

BS: Diponegoro University (Chemistry, Indonesia, 2016)

Project: Molecular plant-microbe (endophyte) interactions (Ginseng and Ginsenoside)


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Jake Adolf V. Montecillo (Ph.D)

MS: University of Tsukuba (Medical Sciences, Japan, 2017)

BS: Mindanao State University (Biology, Philippines, 2014)

Project: Metabolic engineering of endophytes for ginsenoside production using CRISPR-Cas system


Suvin Park (Integrated Ph.D)

BS: Yeungnam University (Biotechnology, Korea, 2019)

Project: Plant-sound vibration interaction


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Nola Suryani Putri (Ph.D)

MS: Andalas University (Biology, Indonesia, 2021)

BS: Andalas University (Biology, Indonesia, 2020)

Project: Molecular plant-microbe (enodphyte) interactions (Ginseng and Ginsenoside)


Undergrad students

Hea Won Chun

BS: Yeungnam University (Biotechnology, 2023 Fall)

Project: Molecular plant-microbe (endophyte) interactions (Ginseng and Ginsenoside)



​Minhui Seo

BS: Yeungnam University (Biotechnology, 2023 Fall)

Project: Molecular plant-microbe (endophyte) interactions (Ginseng and Ginsenoside)


Former members

Soojung Bae (MS)

MS: Yeungnam Univeristy (2012)

Current: Staff Scientist (HANBUL Cosmetics)


Deepak M. Kasote (Research Prof)

Ph.D: University of Pune (2011)

Current: Researcher (Texas A & M, USA)


Bosung Choi (MS)

MS: Yeungnam Univeristy (2013)

Current: Staff Scientist (Nature Glue Tech


Mayank Anand Gururani (RP)

Ph.D: Konkuk University, Korea (2013)

Current: Professor (UAE University)


Jonnggeun Kim (MS)

MS: Yeungnam University (2016)

Current: Manager (ENDOVISION, Daegu, Korea


Kaouthar Eljounaidi (Post-Doc)

Ph.D: University of Torino, Italy (2014)

Current: Research Scientist (Tunisian Gov.)


Minji Ryu (MS)

MS: Yeungnam University (2016)

Current: Research Scientist (발효미생물산업진흥원, Microbial Institute for Fermentation Industry, Sunchang, Jeollabuk-do, Korea)


Ratnesh Chandra Mishra (PD)

Ph.D: Delhi University, South Camp, India (2015)

Current: Research follow (Ghent University, Belgium)


Md. Emran Khan Chowdhury (Ph.D)

Ph.D: Yeungnam University (2016)

Current: Research Scientist (Bangladesh Gov.)


Md. Mohidul Hasan (RP)

Ph.D: Yeungnam University, Korea (2014)

Current: Professor (Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University,Bangladesh)



Young-Hwan Park (MS, Ph.D)

Ph.D: Yeungnam Univeristy (2017)

Current: Research Scientist (Nakdonggang

National Institute of Biological Resources,

국립낙동강생물자원관, Sangju, Gyeongbuk, Korea)


Hoki Kim (MS)

MS: Yeungnam University (2017)

Current: Staff Scientist (S & D Co., Ltd


Ritesh Ghosh (Ph.D & PD)

Ph.D: Yeungnam University (2016) 

Current: Research follow (INRA, France)



Sunkyung Yoon (MS, Staff Scientist)

MS: Yeungnam University (2016)

Project: Metabolic profiling using LC-MS/MS

Current: Self-employed


Tapan Kumar Mohanta (RP)

Ph.D: University of Torino, Italy (2011)

Project: Functional genomics 

Current: Professor (University of Nizwa, Oman)


Tufail Bashir (PD) 

Ph.D: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India (2013) 

Project: Plant-sound vibration interaction

Current: Research fellow (Imperial College, UK)


Yunran Liu (MS)

MS: Yeungnam University (2018)

Project: Molecular plant-microbe (endophyte) interactions (pinewood nematode)

Current: Research Scientist (Kunming Edible Fungi Institute, China) 


Lakshmi Narayanan P (Ph.D)

Ph.D: Yeungnam University (2020)

MS: Madras Univeristy, India (2010)

Project: Molecular plant-microbe (endophyte) interactions (pinewood nematode)

Current: Korea University (Post-doc)



Luan Luong Chu (RP)

Ph.D: Sun Moon University, Korea (2018)

Project: Metabolic engineering of endophytes for ginsenoside production

Current: Professor (Phenikaa University, Vietnam)


Plant-sound vibration interactions

Being sessile, plants continuously deal with their dynamic and complex surroundings, identifying important cues and reacting with appropriate responses. Consequently, the sensitivity of plants has evolved to perceive a myriad of external stimuli, which ultimately ensures their successful survival. Research over past centuries has established that plants respond to environmental factors such as light, temperature, moisture, and mechanical perturbations (e.g. wind, rain, touch, etc.) by suitably modulating their growth and development. However, sound vibrations (SVs) as a stimulus have only started receiving attention relatively recently. SVs have been shown to increase the yields of several crops and strengthen plant immunity against pathogens. These vibrations can also prime the plants so as to make them more tolerant to impending drought. Plants can recognize the chewing sounds of insect larvae and the buzz of a pollinating bee, and respond accordingly. It is thus plausible that SVs may serve as a long-range stimulus that evokes ecologically relevant signaling mechanisms in plants. Studies have suggested that SVs increase the transcription of certain genes, soluble protein content, and support enhanced growth and development in plants. At the cellular level, SVs can change the secondary structure of plasma membrane proteins, affect microflament rearrangements, produce Ca2+ signatures, cause increases in protein kinases, protective enzymes, peroxidases, antioxidant enzymes, amylase, H+-ATPase / K+ channel activities, and enhance levels of polyamines, soluble sugars and auxin.

Model summarizing the molecular events triggered within a plant cell upon stimulation by sound vibration (SV).

(Mishra et al., Journal of Experimental Botany, 2016)

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Plant-endophyte interactions

Ginseng Endophytes and Ginsenosides

Ginseng (Panax ginseng Meyer) is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to  Araliaeae and has been used for thousands of years as herbal medicine. Endophytes (fungi and bacteria) are defined as the microbes which spend the whole or part of their life cycles within and/or between plant cells, without causing harmful effects, and also can induce the production of phytochemicals to protect plants from phytopathogens. The purpose of this study is to induce plant secondary metabolites (e.g., ginsenosides) through the inoculation of ginseng endophytes. In addition, molecular plant-microbial interactions are being analyzed. For this study, we are using SEM,GC-MS,LC-MS/MS,NMR techniques.   


Schematic representation of the different factors influencing bacterial endophytes densities and dynamics: environmental conditions, the plant developmental and physiological state, the indigenous soil microflora, and the physicochemical structure of the soil. Additionally, presentation of the possible disease suppression mechanisms employed by bacterial endophytes in case of pathogenic attacks: antibiosis, ISR, growth promotion, competition, parasitism and signal interference. (Eljounaidi et al., Biological Control, 2016)

Metabolic Engineering of Ginseng Endophytes for the Production of Ginsenosides

Objectives of this project are to screen ginseng endophytes producing ginsenosides and to engineer the endophytes for maximum production. Other bioactive secondary metabolites also can be produced from endophytes from other medicinal plants.

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An overview of the strategies of metabolic engineering for ginsenoside production in endophytes. (A) Heterologous gene expression. (B) Balancing and increasing metabolic flux. (C) Enzyme engineering strategies. (D) System approaches. (E) Fermentation strategies (Chu et al., Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 2020).

List of full publications


  1.  MR Aluru, H Bae, D Wu, SR Rodermel (2001) The Arabidopsis immutans mutation affects plastid differentiation and the morphogenesis of white and green sectors in variegated plants.  Plant Physiology

  2. J Barr, WS White, L Chen, H Bae, S. Rodermel (2004) The GHOST terminal oxidase regulates developmental programming in tomato fruit.  Plant, Cell & Environment

  3. H Bae, EM Herman, RC Sicher (2005) Exogenous trehalose promotes non-structural carbohydrate accumulation and induces detoxification and stress response proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana grown in liquid culture.  Plant Science

  4. H Bae, EM Herman, BA Bailey, H-J Bae, RC Sicher (2005) Exogenous trehalose alters Arabidopsis transcripts involved in cell wall modification, abiotic stress, nitrogen metabolism, and plant defense.  Physiologia Plantarum

  5. H Bae, MS Kim, RC Sicher, H-J Bae, BA Bailey (2006) Necrosis-and ethylene-inducing peptide from Fusarium oxysporum induces a complex cascade of transcripts associated with signal transduction and cell death in Arabidopsis.  Plant Physiology

  6. H Bae, S-H Kim, MS Kim, RC Sicher, MD Strem, S Natarajan, BA Bailey (2008) The drought response of Theobroma cacao (cacao) and the regulation of genes involved in polyamine biosynthesis by drought and other stresses. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

  7. H Bae, RC. Sicher, S-H Kim, MS Kim, MD Strem, BA Bailey (2009) Beneficial endophyte, Trichoderma hamatum, delays the onset of drought stress in Theobroma cacao.  Journal of Experimental Botany (BRIC highly cited paper)

  8. H Bae, DP Roberts, H-S Lim, MD Strem, S-C Park, C-M Ryu, RL Melnick, BA Bailey (2011) Endophytic Trichoderma isolates from tropical environments delay disease onset and induce resistance against Phytophthora capsici in hot pepper using multiple mechanisms. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

  9. SU Park, H-S Lim, K-C Park and Y-H Park, H Bae (2012) Fungal endophytes from three cultivars of Panax ginseng Meyer cultivated in Korea. Journal of Ginseng Research

  10. Y-H Park, SG Lee, DJ Ahn, TR Kwon, SU Park, H-S Lim, H Bae (2012) Diversity of fungal endophytes in various tissues of Panax ginseng Meyer cultivated in Korea. Journal of Ginseng Research

  11. SU Park, DJ Ahn, H-J Jeon, TR Kwon, B Choi, H-S Lim, K-H Baek, H Bae (2012) Increase in the contents of ginsenosides in raw ginseng roots in response to exposure to 450 and 47 nm light from light-emitting diodes. Journal of Ginseng Research

  12. Y-H Park, Y-C Kim, SU Park, H-S Lim, JB Kim, B-K Choa, H Bae (2012) Age-dependent distribution of fungal endophytes in Panax ginseng roots cultivated in Korea.  Journal of Ginseng Research

  13. PK Arora, H Bae (2014) Bacterial degradation of chlorophenols and their derivatives. Microbial Cell Factories

  14. PK Arora, H Bae (2014) Biotransformation and chemotaxis of 4-chloro-2-nitrophenol by Pseudomonas sp. JHN. Microbial Cell Factories

  15. PK Arora, TK Mohanta, A Srivastava, VP Singh, H Bae (2014) Metabolic degradation pathway of 2-chloro-4-aminophenol for Arthrobacter sp. SPG. Microbial Cell Factories

  16. PK Arora, H Bae (2015) Biodegradation of 4-chloroindole by Exiguobacterium sp. PMA. Journal of Hazardous Materials

  17. TK Mohanta, PK Arora, N Mohanta, P Parida, H Bae (2015) Identification of new members of the MAPK gene family in plants shows diverse conserved domains and novel activation loop variants. BMC Genomics

  18. DM Kasote, SS Katyare, MV Hege, H Bae (2015) Significance of antioxidant potential of plants and its relevance to therapeutic applications. Interntional Journal of Biological Sciences (BRIC highly cited paper)

  19. MA Gururani, TK Mohanta, H Bae (2015). Current understanding of the interplay between phytohormones and photosynthesis under environmental stress. International Journal of Molecular Sciences

  20. TK Mohanta, N Mohanta,YK Mohanta, H Bae (2016) Genome-wide identification of calcium dependent protein kinase gene family In plant lineage shows presence of novel D-x-D and D-E-L motifs in EF-hand domain. Frontiers in Plant Science

  21. TK Mohanta, Y-H Park, H Bae (2016) Novel genomic and evolutionary insight of WRKY transcription factor in plant lineage. Scientific Reports

  22. RC Mishra, R Ghosh, H Bae (2016) Plant acoustics: in the search of a sound mechanism for sound signaling in plants. Journal of Experimental Botany

  23. R Ghosh, RC Mishra, B Choi, YS Kwon, DW Bae, S-C Park, M-J Jeong, H Bae (2016) Exposure to sound vibration leads to frequency-specific transcriptomic, proteomic and hormonal changes in Arabidopsis. Scientific Reports. Evaluated at F1000 (BRIC 한빛사

  24. R Ghosh, MA Gururani, LN Ponpandian, RC Mishra, S-Cl Park,  M-J Jeong, H Bae (2017) Expression analysis of sound vibration-regulated genes by touch treatments in Arabidopsis. Frontiers in Plant Science

  25. TK Mohanta, P Kumar, H Bae (2017) Genomics and Evolutionary Aspect of calcium signaling event in calmodulin and calmodulin-like proteins in plants. BMC Plant Biology

  26. B Choi, R Ghosh, MA Gururani, G Shanmugam, J Jeon, J Kim, S-C Park, M-J Jeong, K-H Han, D-W Bae, H Bae (2017) Positive regulatory role of sound vibration treatment in Arabidopsis thaliana against Botrytis cinerea infection. Scientific Reports

  27. EK Chowdhury, J Jeon, SO Rim, Y-H Park, SK Lee, H Bae (2017) Distribution and diversity of bacterial endophytes in mountain cultivated ginseng (Panax ginseng Meyer) in Korea. Scientific Reports

  28. TK Mohanta, H Bae (2017) Analysis of genomic tRNA revealed presence of novel tRNAs in Oryza sativaFrontiers in Genetics

  29. MM Hasan, H Bae (2017) An overview of stress-induced resveratrol synthesis in grapes: perspectives for resveratrol-enriched grape products. Molecules

  30. MM Hasan, T Bashir, H Bae (2017) Use of ultrasonication technology for the increased production of plant secondary metabolites. Molecules

  31. Y-H Park, Y Kim, RC Mishra, H Bae (2017). Fungal endophytes inhabiting mountain-cultivated ginseng (Panax ginseng Meyer): Diversity and biocontrol activity against ginseng pathogens. Scientific Reports

  32. TK Mohanta, AS Syed, F Ameen, H Bae (2017). Novel Genomic and Evolutionary Perspective of Cyanobacterial tRNAs . Frontiers in Genetics

  33. TK Mohanta, T Bashir, A Hashem, EA Allah, H Bae (2017) Genome editing tools in plants. Genes

  34. MEK Chowdhury, H Bae (2018) Bacterial endophytes isolated from mountain-cultivated ginseng (Panax ginseng Mayer) have biocontrol potential against ginseng pathogens. Biological Control

  35. Y-H Park, RC Mishra, SY, H Kim, C-H Park, S-T Seo, H Bae (2018) Endophytic Trichoderma citrinoviride isolated from mountain-cultivated ginseng (Panax ginseng) has great potential as a biocontrol agent against ginseng pathogens. Journal of Ginseng Research

  36. H Kim, SO Rim, H Bae (2018)  Antimicrobial potential of metabolites extracted from ginseng bacterial endophyte Burkholderia stabilis against ginseng pathogens. Biological Control

  37. M Ryu, RC Mishra, J Jeon, SK Lee,  BS Hwang, H Bae (2018) Drought-induced susceptibility for Cenangium ferruginosum leads to progression of Cenangium-dieback disease in Pinus koraiensis. Scientific Reports

  38. T. Bashir, RC Mishar, MM Hasan, TK Mohanta, H. Bae (2018). Effect of hybridization on somatic mutations and genomic rearrangements in plants. International Journal of Molecular Sciences

  39. Y-H Park, RC Mishra, S Yoon, H Kim, C-H Park, S-T Seo, H Bae (2019) Endophytic Trichoderma citrinoviride isolated from mountain-cultivated ginseng (Panax ginseng) has great potential as a biocontrol agent against ginseng pathogens. Journal of Ginseng Research

  40. Y Liu, LN Ponpandian, H Kim, J Jeon, BS Hwang, SK Lee, H Bae (2019) Bacterial endophytes of pine trees across Korea and their nematicidal activity against pine wood nematode. Scientific Reports 

  41. LN Ponpandian, G Shanmugam, J Jeon, Y-Hn Park, SK Lee, H Bae (2019) Molecular characterization of bacterial endophytes from four Pinus species and their nematicidal activity against pine wood nematode. Scientific Reports 

  42. H Kim, TK Mohanta, Y-H Park, S-C Park, G Shanmugam, J-S Park, J Jeon, H Bae (2020) Complete genome sequence of the mountain-cultivated ginseng endophyte Burkholderia stabilis and its antimicrobial compounds against ginseng root rot disease. Biological Control

  43. LL Chu, JAV Montecillo, H Bae (2020) Recent advances in the metabolic engineering of yeasts for ginsenoside biosynthesis. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 

  44. P Tiwari, H Bae (2020) Horizontal gene transfer and endophytes: an implication for acquistion of novel traits. Plants 

  45. JAV Montecillo, LL Chu, H Bae (2020) CRISPR‐Cas9 system for plant genome editing: Current approaches and emerging developments. Agronomy 2020, 10, 1033; doi:10.3390/agronomy10071033 

  46. SO Rim, M Roy, J Jeon, JAV Montecillo, S-C Park, H Bae (2021) Diversity and communities of fungal endophytes from four Pinus species in Korea. Forests 

  47. P Tiwari, T Khare, V Shriram, H Bae*, V Kumar* (2021) Plant synthetic biology for producing potent phyto-antimicrobials to combat antimicrobial resistance. Biotechnology Advances  (BRIC 한빛사

  48. Ali S, Tyagi A, Bae H (2021) Ionomic approaches for discovery of novel stress-resilient genes in plants.  International Journal of Molecular Sciences 22, 7182.

  49. Tiwari P, Srivastava Y, Bae H (2021) Trends in pharmaceutical design of endophytes as anti-infective. Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry (21)1572-1586 May 23  DOI : 10.2174/1568026621666210524093234

  50. Chu LL, Bae H (2022) Bacterial endophytes from ginseng and biotechnological application. Journal of Ginseng Research 46 : 1-10

  51. Tiwari P, Bae H (2022) Endophytic fungi: Key insights, emerging prospects, and challenges in natural product drug discovery. Microorganisms 4;10(2):360. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms10020360.

  52. Ali S, Tyagi A, Mushtaq M, Al-Mahmoudi H, Bae H (2022) Harnessing plant microbiome for mitigating arsenic toxicity in sustainable agriculture. Environmental Pollution 1;300:118940. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2022.118940.

  53. Montecillo JAV, Bae H (2022) Reclassification of Brevibacterium frigoritolerans as Peribacillus frigoritolerans comb. nov. based on phylogenomics and multiple molecular synapomorphies. International Journal of Systemic and Evolutionary Microbiology 72(5)

  54. Ali S, Tyagi A, Park S, Mir RA, Mushtaq M, Bhat B, Mahmoudi H, Bae H (2022) Decoding the plant microbiome to ameliorate agricultures thirst: Mechanisms and perspectives.  Environmental and Experimental Botany 201: 104933 (1-19 pages)

  55. Tiwari P, Kang S, Bae H (2022) Plant-endophyte associations: Rich yet under-explored sources of novel bioactive molecules and applications. Microbiological Research 266 (2023) 127241

  56. Montecillo JAV, Bae H (2022) Koranimine, a potential nematicidal compounds from the endophytic bacterium Peribacillus frigoritolerans. Scientific Reports (accepted)

Lunch with lab members (December 20, 201
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