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Hee-Jin Kim

Research Molecular Biologist



Cotton Fiber Bioscience Research Unit

USDA-ARS, Southern Regional Research Center

1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd

New Orleans, LA 70124-4305


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Journal Publications (36)



1.Kim, H.J., Liu, Y., Dowd, M.K., Frelichowski J., Delhom, C.D. Rodgers, J.E., Thibodeaux, D. P., Comparative phenotypic analysis of Gossypium raimondii with Upland cotton. Journal of Cotton Science, 20: 132-144, 2016 (cover page).

2. Islam, M.S., Fang, D.D., Thyssen, G.N., Delhom, C.D., Liu, Y., Kim, H.J.*, Comparative fiber property and transcriptome analyses reveal key genes potentially related to high fiber strength in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) line MD52ne. BMC Plant Biology, 16:36 (19 pages). 2016.

3. Thyssen, G.N., Fang, D.D., Zeng, L., Song, X., Delhom C.D., Condon T.L., Li, P., Kim, H.J.*, The immature fiber mutant phenotype of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) is linked to a 22-bp frame-shift deletion in a mitochondria targeted pentatricopeptide repeat gene, G3 : Genes|Genomes | Genetics, 6: 1627-1633. 2016 (cover page)

4. Nam, S., Kim, H.J., Condon, B.D., Hinchliffe, D.J., Chang, S., McCarty, J.C., Madison, C.A., High resistance to thermal decomposition in brown cotton is linked to tannins and sodium content. Cellulose, 23: 1137-1152. 2016

5. Islam, M.S., Zeng L., Thyssen, G.N., Delhom C.D., Kim, H.J., Li, P., Fang, D.D., Mapping by sequencing in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) line MD52ne identified candidate genes for fiber strength and its related quality attributes. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 129:1071-1086. 2016.


6. Kim, H.J., Hinchliffe, D.J., Triplett, B.A., Chen, Z.J., Stelly, D.M., Yeater, K.M., Moon, H.S., Gilbert, M.K., Thyssen, G., Turley, R.B., Fang, D.D., Phytohormonal networks promote differentiation of fiber initials on pre-anthesis cotton ovules grown in vitro and in planta. PLoS One, 10(4): e0125046. 2015

7. Liu, Y., Kim, H.J. Use of attenuated total reflection fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy in direct, non-destructive, and rapid assessment of developmental cotton fibers grown in planta and in culture. Applied Spectroscopy. 69: 1004-1010. 2015.


8. Kim, H.J., Rodgers, J., Delhom, C., Cui, X., Comparisons of methods measuring fiber maturity and fineness of Upland cotton fibers containing different degree of fiber cell wall development.   Textile Research Journal. 84: 1622-1633. 2014.

9. Islam, M. S., Zeng, L., Delhom, C.D., Song, X., Kim, H.J., Li, P., Fang, D.D. Identification of cotton fiber quality QTLs using intraspecific crosses derived from two near isogenic lines differing in fiber bundle strength. Molecular Breeding. 34: 373-384. 2014.

10. Gilbert, M.K., Kim, H.J., Tang, Y., Naoumkina, M., Fang, D.D. Comparative transcriptome analysis of short fiber mutants Ligon-lintless 1 and 2 reveals common mechanisms pertinent to fiber elongation in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). PLoS One, 9(4): e95554, 2014.

11. Thyssen, G.N., Song X., Naoumkina, M., Kim, H.J., Fang, D.D. Independent replication of mitochondrial genes supports the transcriptional program in developing cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) fiber cells. Gene, 544: 41-48. 2014.


12. Kim HJ, Tang Y, Moon HS, Delhom CD, Fang DD. Functional analyses of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) immature fiber (im) mutant reveal that fiber cell wall development is associated with stress responses. BMC Genomics. 14: 889. 2013

13. Kim HJ, Moon HS, Delhom CD, Zeng L, Fang, DD. Molecular markers associated with the immature fiber (im) gene affecting the degree of fiber cell wall thickening in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 126:23-31. 2013.

14. Rodgers J, Delhom C, Hinchliffe D, Kim HJ, Cui X. A rapid measurement for cotton breeders of maturity and fineness from developing and mature fibers. Textile Research Journal. 83: 1439-1451. 2013.

15. Lee M-K, Zhang Y, Zhang M, Goebel M, Kim HJ, Triplett BA, Stelly DM, Zhang H-B. Construction of a plant-transformation-competent BIBAC library and genome sequence analysis of polyploid Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). BMC Genomics. 14: 208. 2013.

16. Gilbert MK, Turley RB, Kim HJ, Li P, Thyssen G, Tang Y, Delhom CD, Naoumkina M, Fang DD. Transcript profiling by microarray and marker analysis of the short cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) fiber mutant Ligon lintless-1 (Li1). BMC Genomics. 14: 403. 2013.


17. Kim, HJ, Triplett BA, Zhang HB, Lee MK, Hinchliffe DJ, Li P, Fang DD. Cloning and molecular characterization of homeologous cellulose synthase catalytic subunit 2 genes from allotetraploid cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Gene. 494:181-189. 2012.


18. Kim HJ, Murai N, Fang DD, Triplett BA. Functional analysis of Gossypium hirsutum cellulose synthase catalytic subunit 4 promoter in transgenic Arabidopsis and cotton tissues. Plant Science, 180: 323-332. 2011.

19. Hinchliffe DJ, Rickie BT, Naoumkina M, Kim HJ, Tang Y, Yeater KM, Li P, Fang DD. A combined functional and structural genomics approach identified an EST-SSR marker with complete linkage to the Ligon lintless-2 genetic locus in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). BMC Genomics, 12:445. 2011.


20. Hinchliffe DJ, Meredith WR, Yeater KM, Kim HJ, Woodward AW, Chen ZJ, Triplett BA. Near-isogenic cotton germplasm lines that differ in fiber-bundle strength have temporal differences in fiber gene expression patterns as revealed by comparative high-throughput profiling. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 120:1347–1366. 2010.


21. Kim HJ, Kato N, Kim S, Triplett B. Cu/Zn superoxide dismutases in developing cotton fibers: Evidence for an extracellular form. Planta, 228: 281-292. 2008.

22. Kim HJ, Triplett B. Involvement of extracellular Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase in cotton fiber primary and secondary cell wall biosynthesis. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 3: 1119–1121. 2008.


23. Altaf-Khan M, Kim HJ, Myers GO, Triplett BA. GhSEM-1 marker potentially associated with regeneration ability in cotton. Journal of Crop Improvement, 16: 21-35. 2006.


24. Kim HJ, Triplett BA. Characterization of GhRac1 GTPase expressed in developing cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) fibers. Biochim Biophys Acta, 1679: 214-221. 2004.

25. Kim HJ, Pesacreta TC, Triplett BA. Cotton-fiber germin-like protein. II: Immunolocalization, purification, and functional analysis. Planta, 218: 525-535. 2004.

26. Kim HJ, Triplett BA. Cotton fiber germin-like protein. I. Molecular cloning and gene expression. Planta, 218: 516-524. 2004.


27. Kim HJ, Williams MY, Triplett BA. A novel expression assay system for fiber specific promoters in developing cotton fibers. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter, 20: 7-18. 2002.


28. Kim HJ, Triplett BA. Cotton fiber growth in plant and in vitro models for plant cell elongation and cell wall biogenesis. Plant Physiology, 127: 1361-1366. 2001.


29. Kim HJ, Charalambopoulos J, Triplett BA. Characterization of a cDNA Encoding a Rac-like GTP-Binding Protein (Accession No. AF165925) from Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Plant Physiology, 122: 291. 2000.


30. Charalambopoulos J, Kim HJ, Triplett BA. Characterization of two cDNAs encoding Rab small GTP-binding proteins (Accession Nos. AF165095 and AF 165096) from cotton (Gossypium hirsutum, L.). Plant Physiology, 121: 685. 1999.


31. Kim HJ, Triplett BA. Characterization of a manganese superoxide dismutase (Accession No. AF061514) from cotton fiber. Plant Physiology, 118: 712. 1998.


32. Kim HJ, Bracey MH, Bartlett SG. Nucleotide sequence of a gene encoding carbonic anhydrase in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology, 105: 449. 1994.


33. Kim HJ, The cDNA cloning of rice ribulose 1, 5-bisphosphate carboxylase small subunit. Seoul National University, 1990


34. Ahn JH, Kim HJ, Choi YD, Kim SI. Molecular cloning and nucleotide sequencing of a cDNA encoding soybean Bowman-Birk Trypsin Isoinhibitor PI IV. Korean Biochemical Journal, 22: 260-267. 1989.

35. Song SI, Kim CH, Baek SJ, Kim HJ, Lee SY, Kim SI, Choi YD. A cDNA cloning of soybean proteinase inhibitor. J Agric Sci 2: 163-174. 1989.


36. Choi YD, Kim HJ, Hwang YS, Chung TY. Studies on the expression mechanism of light induced gene of rice. Res Rept RDA (Agri Institutional Cooperation) 31: 1-8. 1988.


Book Chapters (4)


  1. Kim, H.J. Chapter 5: Fiber biology, pp 97-127. In Fang, D.D. & Percy, R.G. (ed) Cotton, 2nd edition, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. Madison, WI. 2015.
  2. Kim HJ, Chapter 15: Agrobacterium rhizogenes-induced cotton hairy root culture as an alternative tool for cotton functional genomics, pp179-187. In Zhang, B. (ed) Transgenic Cotton: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 958, Springer, Science+Business Media, New York, 2013.
  3. Triplett BA, Kim HJ “Using cotton fiber development to discover how plant cells grow” In The Science and Lore of the Plant Cell Wall (Hayashi, T., ed.), pp155-163, Universal Publishers. 2006.
  4. Triplett BA, Kim HJ, Hinchliffe D, Sze S-H, Thaxton P, Stelly D, Chen ZJ. “Phytohormone regulation of cotton fiber development In vitro” In Biotechnology and sustainable agriculture 2006 and beyond (Xu, Z., Li, J., Xue, Y., and Yang, W., ed.), pp 153-156, Springer Netherlands. 2008.