Dong gyu Kim

Graduate Student
414 Stakman

1991 Upper Buford Circle
495 Borlaug Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

Kathryn Bushley
  • B.S. Biochemistry, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (2019)


Hometown: Daegu, South Korea

What is plant pathology to you? 

Plant pathology is my opportunity to appreciate the role of microbes in agriculture and food security.

Why did you decide to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota? Tell us about your path to Plant Pathology.

From my initial aspirations to become a pharmacologist as an undergraduate  studying biochemistry, my academic journey has had many twists and turns. It was during my time conducting undergraduate research in mycology and plant pathology that I realized my enthusiasm for microbiology, and the immense impact microbes can have on our livelihoods. Combined with my newfound fascination for plant-parasitic nematodes, I am excited to begin my graduate student career at the University of Minnesota.

What do you hope to accomplish in your time at the University of Minnesota, and what are your goals for the future?

I hope to become well-versed in scientific communication and current research in plant pathology during my time here. My future goals are to contribute knowledge that may help address the diverse needs of a growing global population.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Whenever the weather permits, I enjoy cycling and hiking around the Twin Cities area. Otherwise, I may be found either reading, playing music or attempting a new recipe.

Areas of Interest

My research investigates the molecular bases of the tripartite interaction between the soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines), soybeans (Glycines max) and nematode-antagonistic soil fungi. Ultimately, my goal is to help identify and screen for effective biological control (biocontrol) agents against economically consequential plant-parasitic nematodes.