Won-Gyu Choi
  • University of Wisconsin
Research fields
  • Plant science
Personal information


Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology, Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2009

Current position

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Nevada, Reno (07/2016-present)


  1. Choi, W. G., Hilleary, R., Swanson, S. J., Kim, S. H. and Gilroy, S. (2016). Rapid, Long-Distance Electrical and Calcium Signaling in Plants. Annu Rev Plant Biol 67: 287-307.
  2. Choi, W. and Gilroy, S. (2015). Quantification of sodium accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometery (ICP-OES). Bio-protocol 5(16): e1570.
  3. Gilroy, S., Suzuki, N., Miller, G., Choi, W. G., Toyota, M., Devireddy, A. R. and Mittler, R. (2014). A tidal wave of signals: calcium and ROS at the forefront of rapid systemic signaling. Trends Plant Sci 19(10): 623-630.
  4. Choi, W. G. and Gilroy, S. (2014). Plant biologists FRET over stress. Elife 3: e02763.
  5. Choi, W. G., Toyota, M., Kim, S. H., Hilleary, R. and Gilroy, S. (2014). Salt stress-induced Ca2+ waves are associated with rapid, long-distance root-to-shoot signaling in plants. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111(17): 6497-6502.
  6. Choi, W. G., Swanson, S. J. and Gilroy, S. (2012). High-resolution imaging of Ca2+ , redox status, ROS and pH using GFP biosensors. Plant J 70(1): 118-128.
  7. Wallace, I. S., Shakesby, A. J., Hwang, J. H., Choi, W. G., Martinkova, N., Douglas, A. E. and Roberts, D. M. (2012). Acyrthosiphon pisum AQP2: a multifunctional insect aquaglyceroporin. Biochim Biophys Acta 1818(3): 627-635.
  8. Li, T., Choi, W. G., Wallace, I. S., Baudry, J. and Roberts, D. M. (2011). Arabidopsis thaliana NIP7;1: an anther-specific boric acid transporter of the aquaporin superfamily regulated by an unusual tyrosine in helix 2 of the transport pore. Biochemistry 50(31): 6633-6641.
  9. Swanson, S. J., Choi, W. G., Chanoca, A. and Gilroy, S. (2011). In vivo imaging of Ca2+, pH, and reactive oxygen species using fluorescent probes in plants. Annu Rev Plant Biol 62: 273-297. (*This is the premiere review journal for plant science. Submissions are by invitation)
  10. Choi, W. G. and Roberts, D. M. (2007). Arabidopsis NIP2;1, a major intrinsic protein transporter of lactic acid induced by anoxic stress. J Biol Chem 282(33): 24209-24218.
  11. Wallace, I. S., Choi, W. G. and Roberts, D. M. (2006). The structure, function and regulation of the nodulin 26-like intrinsic protein family of plant aquaglyceroporins. Biochim Biophys Acta 1758(8): 1165-1175.
  12. Oh, S. H., Choi, W. G., Lee, I. T. and Yun, S. J. (2005). Cloning and characterization of a rice cDNA encoding glutamate decarboxylase. J Biochem Mol Biol 38(5): 595-601.
  13. Oh, S. H., Kim, S. H., Moon, Y. J. and Choi, W. G. (2002). Changes in the levels of γ -aminobutyric acid and some amino acids by application of a glutamic acid solution for the germination of brow rice. J Korean Soc Agric Chem Biotechnol 17, 49-53.
  14. Oh, S. H. and Choi, W. G. (2001). Production of ginger roots having a high concentration of γ -aminobutyric acid. Bulletin of Daesan Foundation for Rural Culture and Soc. 9, 559-565.
  15. Oh, S. H. and Choi, W. G. (2001). Changes in the levels of γ -aminobutyric acid and glutamate decarboxylase in developing soybean seedlings. J Plant Res 114, 309-313.
  16. Oh, S. H., Choi, W. G., and Choi, D. S. (2001), Cloning and nucleotide sequencing of a partial glutamate decarboxylase gene from Arabidopsis thaliana cDNA library. J Korean Soc Agric Chem Biotechnol 16, 36-40.
  17. Oh, S. H. and Choi, W. G. (2000). Production of the quality germinated brown rice containing high γ -aminobutyric acid by chitosan application. J Korean Soc Agric Chem Biotechnol 15, 615-620.
  18. Oh, S. H., Seo, K. W., Choi, D. S., Han, K. S. and Choi, W. G. (2000). Application effects of chitosan fertilizer on the growth of cabbage and γ -aminobutyric acid contents in the cabbage. J Korean Soc Agric Chem Biotechnol 43, 34-38.


  1. Choi, W. G., Swanson, S. J. and Gilroy, S. (2011). Book Chapter: Calcium, mechanical signaling and tip growth of a book. In: Luan, S. (ed). Coding and decoding of calcium signals in plants.  Springer Heidelberg Dordrecht London New York.
  2. Roberts, D. M., Choi, W. G. and Hwang, J. H. (2010). Book Chapter (3): Strategies for Adaptation to Waterlogging and Hypoxia in Nitrogen Fixing Nodules of Legumes of a book. In: Mancuso, S. and Shabala, S. (eds). Waterlogging signalling and tolerance in plants. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
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